Parents charged with abusing teen,16, about arranged marriage

SAN ANTONIO – Investigators say the Iraqi parents of a 16-year-old girl who reportedly ran away from her South Texas home to avoid an arranged marriage have been charged with assaulting her refused to marry an older man.

Bexar (Bayr) County Sheriff Javier Salazar on Friday announced that the youth, who was last seen Jan. 30, is found and placed with Child Protective Services, along with five younger brothers and sisters.

Salazar says the mother and father were arrested Friday on domestic violence charges for allegedly choking the teen, beating her and pouring hot oil on her. The parents allegedly were to receive $20,000 for the arranged marriage.

The San Antonio Express-News reports officials say that the family is from Iraq and is in the U.S. for two years.

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