Threat from husband made mom panic
by Shaka S. Lias
Apr 20, 2011 | 7263 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Abed Suleiman called the media to his home for a press conference Tuesday afternoon where he gave more details about his wife’s disappearance.
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Where was Wazineh Suleiman? That was the question everyone wanted to know since the announcement that the Bartow County mother of five was "alive and well."

According to her husband Abed Suleiman, she was in a women's shelter in Cobb County.

Suleiman sent an email to news media on Tuesday morning requesting interviews. The email read, "Wazineh and I need to get a message out there! Those interested contact me so we can schedule an exact time in my home."

Around 3 p.m., news media stood in front of the Suleiman's Law Road home. About a quarter after three, Abed Suleiman addressed the media. His wife, he said, was intimidated by the media and stayed inside.

"She feels intimidated and extremely uncomfortable talking to you guys," he said. "She asked me to speak on her behalf."

According to Suleiman, his wife of 14 years, left home April 8 to shop at Kohl's department store. She left the couple's five children, ages 6 to 12, home alone. Her husband was supposed to be on a weekend hunting trip in Kentucky but got the dates confused and returned home to find her gone.

He texted her and asked what she was doing, to which she responded, "I'm sleeping."

"I knew that wasn't true, so problem number one is she lied to me," Suleiman said.

Suleiman went on to say his wife was shocked that he was home and was "extremely embarrassed that she lied to me."

At one point during heated text messages, Abed Suleiman said to his wife, "I'm going to kill you."

Wazineh Suleiman panicked and ran away. According to Suleiman, his wife drove past their house numerous times, but she didn't feel comfortable enough to come home.

That night, he said, she slept in her SUV in the parking lot where the vehicle was found on April 12. The next morning she contacted a friend who called police. The officer took her to a women's shelter where she stayed until her discovery nearly a week after she left.

Abed Suleiman said his wife was fearful that she had caused disgrace and dishonor to their family. She felt that she had nowhere else to go.

It wasn't until three days after she checked into the shelter under a false name that one of the employees saw her on the news and contacted law enforcement.

Abed Suleiman said he believes that all law enforcement, including Bartow County, knew of his wife's whereabouts on the morning her truck was found north of Cartersville in an Acworth parking lot.

Suleiman said in the beginning he didn't feel enough support from the Bartow County Sheriff Department.

"They thought this was a typical case of a man beating the crap out of his wife," he said.

Suleiman admits that his wife has a lot going on.

"It's a lot of pressure for her to take care of five kids and a husband. It's not easy," he said.

Suleiman said his wife simply "snapped."

He said he was blind to a lot of things and there was a lack of communication in their marriage.

Now, things are "great and better than ever," he said. The kids are adjusting and had no idea what went on. The older kids, Suleiman said, knew that "mommy needed a break" and the younger ones thought she was out shopping.

Suleiman said with the exception in the beginning of their marriage, he has never touched his wife.

"Maybe over 10 years ago, if I got extremely angry I pushed her, but not turn her into a punching bag he said.

In short, Suleiman said this is a situation that snowballed out of control.

"We're going to look back at this and say 'Wow, this is not a big deal,'" he said. "We're going to look back on this and maybe laugh."