Parents Charged After Allegedly Pouring Hot Oil on Daughter Who Refused Arranged Marriage

Parents of a teenage girl, who went missing for months, have been charged with abusing their daughter for refusing to take part in an arranged marriage.

Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33, allegedly choked, beat and poured hot cooking oil on Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said, The Washington Post reports.

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"Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body," Salazar said, according to KSAT. "She was beat with broomsticks. At least at one point, she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness."

In mid-2017, Al Hishmawi learned that her parents were setting her up to marry an older man, in exchange for $20,000. She refused, which is when they allegedly began abusing her. To stop the violence, she seemingly agreed but had devised a plan to escape before the wedding date.

She left William Howard Taft High School in San Antonio on January 30 and went missing for more than a month. Authorities, who speculated that she returned to the Middle East, called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help them navigate language and cultural barriers surrounding the young girl's disappearance. More than a month later, she was found safe.

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Al Hismawi and her five younger siblings, ages 5 to 15, have since been placed with Child Protective Services, according to The Associated Press. It's unclear whether her siblings were also abused.

Details about the man who she was to marry have not been released.

"It's highly likely that he'll be facing charges as well," Salazar said, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

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