A Muslim family was arrested in Nashville after a juvenile victim told law enforcement authorities that his parents and brother physically attacked him for converting to Christianity.
The minor was punched in the face and spat at by his father Nick Kadum, 57, mother Rawaa Khawaji, 46, and brother John Kadum, 29, according to the warrant. The boy had also been ‘cut haphazardly’ with lumps on his face.
The mother, Khawaji, has also been accused of cutting one of the boy’s hands with a knife.
The young man had reportedly been told by his family to renounce his Christianity and recommit himself to Islam.
According to WZTV, his mother, ‘along with his brother and father, repeatedly punched him and spat in his face.’
‘He stated his mother then took a knife and scratched the back of his right hand with it. He stated his family, including his mother, demanded he recant and say he was a Muslim.’
Law enforcement officers conducted a welfare check on December 11 after they became aware of the situation via the teen’s employer, who expressed concern.
When members of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department arrived at the suburban Tennessee home, they found the boy ‘trembling and wide-eyed’ with ‘disheveled’ hair.
He said the attacks had continued up until the moment law enforcement arrived.
His injuries included lumps on his face and visible scratches. He described being shaken from the ordeal.
The minor was transported to the hospital and his parents – Nick Kadum and Rawaa Khawaji – and brother, John Kadum, were booked and charged over the incident.
Khawaji was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Nick and John were charged with domestic assault.
Online records indicate Nick and John were released Tuesday afternoon, while Khawaji remained in custody a bit longer.
It is not clear where the victim is currently staying.