Phoenix police arrested an Iraqi family Wednesday, and we're learning more about how they allegedly punished their 19-year-old daughter.
On February 7, court records show Mohammed Altameemi got mad at his daughter Aiya because she left night class with a boy. The father picked her up at school and took her home.
Mohammed is accused of cutting his daughter’s neck with a knife, leaving a 1½ inch cut. He admitted he was trying to kill her, but the victim’s sister, Tabarak Altameemi, intervened.
Next, the 19-year-old victim’s mouth was taped, and her hands and body were bound with a rope.
Tabarak told officers she tied up the victim -- but later claimed it was her mother. She, her mother Yusra Farhan, and other sisters then beat the victim.
During their investigation, police learned the victim's sisters and mom held her down on another occasion in November. They say Farhan put a hot spoon against her daughter's face and chest -- after the young woman refused an arranged marriage with a 38-year-old man.
"I swear I didn't hurt her, only slightly, just like any parent would do to their children. Nobody would hurt their own children. You can ask her if she can be here with me," Farhan told a judge [translated].
And about 11 months ago, Tabarak Altameemi broke a glass over the Aiya’s head. The victim also suffers from epileptic seizures.
The Altameemis and Farhan are Iraqi citizens. They are not allowed to have contact with the victim.
The suspects are in custody on felony charges.