Bexar County Sheriff officials in southern Texas announced Friday that a 16-year-old girl who had had been missing since January 30th has been found alive, and her parents have now been arrested after the real reason the girl ran away was made known. Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, is now in Child Protective Services custody along with her five siblings, between the ages of 5 and 15.
KSATThe Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is sharing new, horrifying details in the arrest of a 16-year-old girl’s parents in connection with her disappearance. The teenager has since been found alive.
Authorities said Maarib Al Hishmawi‘s parents — Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Sabah Al Hishmawi, 33 — attempted to force her into an arranged marriage and subjected her to physical abuse when she refused. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the girl’s family had arranged for her to marry a man in another city and that a sum of $20,000 would be exchanged.
Because she refused to agree to the marriage, the teen was tortured with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body. She was beatenn with broomsticks. At least at one point, she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness.”
The teenager ran away and was reported missing on Jan. 30 after she was last seen leaving Taft High School, where she was a student. Salazar said they found her in mid-March, adding that she was taken in by an organization after she ran away and was safe.
Her parents will face charges of continuous violence against a family member and were taken into custody Friday night. Salazar said it’s unclear whether Al Hishmawi’s siblings were also abused and added that he believes other charges will be filed in connection with this case. Salazar said it’s “highly likely” the man who Al Hishmawi was arranged to be married to will be charged as well.