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Parents Horribly Abused Teen Daughter Because She Ran Away to Avoid Arranged Marriage

A Texas teen who ran away in January was found alive and well, but new information came out when she was being returned to her parents. The real reason behind the teen’s disappearance was revealed: her mother and father had been abusing her horribly.

The teen refused to take part in a marriage that her parents had arranged for her, and the parents were livid and punishing her for defying them. The girl has now been taken into the custody of Child Protective Services, and the parents are facing charges. The man she was supposed to marry also may face charges because he paid thousands of dollars for her.

According to authorities, 16-year-old Maarib Al Hishmawi was threatened and abused by her parents because she wouldn't marry a man her parents wanted her to marry. Her 34-year-old father, Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, and her 33-year-old mother, Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, had been beating her and brutalizing the young girl over a long period of time, she told authorities.

"This young lady, at various times over that time period was subjected to some pretty bad abuse because she didn't want to be married to this person," said Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said on Friday. "Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body. She was beat with broomsticks."

The officer adds, "At least at one point, she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness."

At the end of January, teen went to school one day and did not return home. The parents reported the missing girl to authorities, and a massive search got underway with the local police. The parents were agitated and grew more frantic as time passed because of the time it was taking to find their daughter. At first, it was believed that they were concerned only about her well-being.

Within a month, when it was suspected that the girl had been physically beaten by someone, the FBI got involved in the search. The father had been the one to first reach out to the FBI because he said he believed his daughter might possibly have been the victim of a kidnapping.

"My daughter she got kidnapped or somebody took her," Abdulah Fahmi said to KSAT-TV. "Something is wrong."

"If you're still alive, we love you. We like you. We miss you. Please come back home," he added.

The Muslim family, who came to the U.S. legally from Iraq two years ago but who are not yet legal citizens, were anxious to get the girl back, and it's since come out why. The man they had planned to marry the girl to had paid the mother and father $20,000 as a dowry for their daughter.

The parents were looking to cash in on their daughter, though this practice isn't legal in the U.S.

Maarib was removed from the home when her parents were charged with continuous violence of a family member. She also had five younger siblings, ages 5 through 15, who were also removed from the home.

The man who the parents were trying to arrange the marriage with may also be facing charges. While he’s under investigation, his name has not yet been released.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: CBS Local, Law & Crime

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