Attorney says client in New Mexico compound case is in federal custody

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TAOS, N.M. (AP) – An attorney for a woman charged with child abuse in a raid on a makeshift living compound in northern New Mexico says she believes her client has been taken into custody by federal immigration authorities.

Attorney Kelly Golightley says she has reason to believe Jany Leveille no longer is in Taos at the county’s detention facility and appears to be in federal custody.

A regional spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement could not immediately determine whether Leveille had been detained by the agency.

Leveille was among five adults detained in the raid.

A state judge on Monday cleared the way for the release of the adults to house arrest pending trial.

Golightley could not provide information about the citizenship or immigration status of the 35-year-old client.

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