Authorities in New Mexico discovered a horrible scene after getting a tip that people were starving inside a compound.
What they found were eleven children who were malnourished and living in filthy conditions.
Taos County Sheriff's officials said the children, ranging in age from 1 to 15, were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia and were then turned over to state child-welfare workers.
Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says two men were arrested during the search; Siraj Wahhaj was detained on an outstanding warrant in Georgia alleging child abduction and Lucas Morten was jailed on suspicion of harboring a fugitive.
Three women, believed to be the mothers of the children, were detained and later released.
Sheriff Hogrefe says when police arrived at the scene, Wahhaj was armed with an “AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket."