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Father convicted of terrorism after remains of 3-year-old found in tunnels of New Mexico compound

A father has been convicted of terrorism after the remains of his 3-year-old son were found in an underground tunnel at a makeshift compound in New Mexico in 2018.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and members of his family had fled from Georgia with the toddler to the remote desert so they could engage in firearms and tactical training to prepare for attacks against the government, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday.

Jurors deliberated for 2½ days after hearing weeks of testimony from children who had lived with their parents at the compound.

The defendants, who are Muslim, argued federal authorities targeted them because of their religion.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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