Kingwood mom accused of choking teen daughter for not wearing hijab in social media post, pleads guilty

Sittarh Khan has three years of community service as part of her plea agreement

KINGWOOD, TX – A Kingwood mother accused of beating and choking her daughter when the teen did not wear her hijab in a social media post, has three years of community service ahead of her.

Sittarh Khan is accused of beating, choking, and burning her 14-year-old daughter in October of last year. She was upset with her for not wearing her hijab and overcooking pita bread, according to Harris County prosecutors.

Initially, Khan was also charged with assaulting a family member, but that charge was dropped for a guilty plea to injuring a child, causing bodily injury.

“The defendant, upset the complainant did not wear her hijab at school, beat and choked the complainant, causing her to lose consciousness,” the hearing officer said during Khan’s probable cause hearing shortly after her arrest.

A source close to the investigation told KPRC 2 Khan discovered the head covering was missing in an Instagram post of her daughter.

The injury to a child charge stems from an incident over pita bread. Khan allegedly got upset about the bread being overcooked and “forced the complainant’s arm onto a hot oven rack, causing her to have three burn marks,” the hearing officer said.

Khan’s plea agreement includes deferred adjudication for three years. During that time, she has to complete 100 hours of community service, donate $100 to the Houston Food Bank, cannot use drugs or alcohol and must attend a 4-hour anger management class.

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