Police: Teen beaten and tied up by mother

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A mother has been arrested for allegedly beating her daughter and tying her to a bed because her daughter was talking to a male.

The victim's injuries were so severe that she ended up at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Yusra Farhan, 50 is facing charges of unlawful imprisonment and aggravated assault.

According to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, the 19-year-old Alhambra High School student missed class on Tuesday. A school staff member notified her parents who learned that their daughter had been seen outside school talking to a male.

The victim told police that her mother assaulted her and then used a rope and padlock to tie her to a bed in her bedroom. The teen was released and allowed to go to school the next day.

When she arrived at school, she told somebody what happened and she was transported to the hospital by the Phoenix Fire Department.

Police questioned the victim's mother at the hospital. They say, that after being advised of her rights, Farhan admitted that she beat her daughter and tied her to a bed to keep her from leaving the home. According to court records, Farhan said she beat her daughter with her hands and a shoe because she was upset her daughter was speaking with a male.

Police say this is a case of Iraqi culture versus American law and they simply couldn't allow this behavior to continue.

"The family is from Iraq and has very strict tradition on relationships outside of marriage," said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.  "She made several admissions about Iraqi tradition versus American law."

Police say that when they attempted to arrest Farhan she began to physically resist and threw herself on the floor of the emergency room.

The scene in the hospital became even more chaotic when other family members reportedly tried to stop officers from arresting Farhan.

Officers had to force Farhan's hands behind her back and they had to carry her to a patrol car because she refused to walk.

At Farhan's initial court appearance the judge told her she is not allowed to have any contact with her daughter.

"But I think my daughter can't live without me because she loves me," said Farhan.

The victim also told police her father and her adult sister attacked her as well. Those two and other family members could face charges for assault and interfering with the duties of law enforcement officers.