According to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, the parents of Maarib Al Hishmawi sold the 16-year-old off to an unnamed man for the sum of $20,000. Salazar said it's unknown if the other five children, between ages 5 and 15, have also been abused. Taft High School student Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, was reported missing January 30. She told authorities that her parents poured hot cooking oil on her and hit her with broomsticks when she objected to an arranged marriage. Maarib and her siblings are now under the care of CPS, according to the Express-News.
The girl's parents - Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Sabah Al Hishmawi, 33 - are accused scalding the teen with hot cooking oil, lashing her with brooms and savagely choking her until she almost became unresponsive. When Maarib told her mother and father that she refuses to Wednesday the man they've chosen for her, the couple got angry and started beating the teen with literally anything they could put their hands on, including a broom.
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. When she refused to go along with it, they beat her. He also complained that law enforcement showed a slow response to the case and pleaded for the 16-year-old to come home.
'Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body. The FBI is investigating the case.
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Salazar told KSAT it's "highly likely" the man to whom Al Hishmawi was to be wedded will also be charged.
"I can not speculate on who (abused her), or when, or how severe". Salazar says they found Maarib in mid-March and that she was taken in by an organization after she ran away and was safe. He complained that San Antonio authorities were slow to help and even contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance.
The shocking abuse of Maarib Al Hishmawi, whose family arrived in the USA from Iraq two years ago, according to TIME, came to light earlier this month when investigators found the teen, reported missing in January.
Salazar said investigators executed a search warrant at the Hishmawi home on Friday.