Parents of Iraqi teen missing since January charged with abuse...

Article CAIRCO note: 
From article: Officials said the family had been in the United States for two years on visas. The type of visas not immediately known
Article author: 
Jacob Beltran
Article publisher: 
Laredo Morning Times
Article date: 
24 March 2018
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

A 16-year-old Iraqi girl who went missing in January has been found, but her parents are now facing child abuse charges.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Maarib Alhishmawi, who was found in mid-March, told Child Protective Services of abuse at the hands of her parents. She told authorities that her parents poured hot cooking oil on her and hit her with broomsticks when she objected to an arranged marriage.

"At least at one point she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness," Salazar said. Adding that both parents took part in the abuse.

Her father, Abdulah Fahmi Kala Alhishmawi, 34, and mother, Hamdiyah Sabah Alhishmawi, 33, are each facing at least one felony count of continuous family violence ...

Salazar said a price of $20,000 was to be paid to the family was part of the marriage arrangements ...

Officials said the family had been in the United States for two years on visas  ...



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