TULSA, Okla. (AP)-
Police say a Tulsa mother stabbed her eldest daughter 50 to 70 times, struck her head with a pickaxe then set their home on fire, before fleeing the scene with the youngest of her three daughters. 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad was arrested in downtown Tulsa Tuesday afternoon. Ahmad was arrested for arson, child abuse and assault and battery with the intent to kill. She is jailed without bond.
Authorities allege Ahmed attacked her 11-year-old daughter Monday night and fled with her 8-year-old daughter. That child was found safe with her mother on Tuesday after an AMBER alert was issued.
Miraculously, the 11-year-old girl survived the stabbing, but is in critical condition.
According to an arrest report, Ahmad told investigators she was upset with her children “because of the way they were reading and looking at her”, so she bound and gagged her three daughters, then attacked the eldest.
The eldest fought back while Ahmad was restraining them, which prompted Ahmad to stab her an estimated “50 to 70 times.” The report said Ahmad also struck the girl over the head several times with a pickaxe before setting the house on fire.
The 8-year-old girl helped her 9-year-old sister escape, and the middle child ran to a neighbor for help. When officers arrived, they found the 11-year-old girl in the burning home and Ahmad and the youngest child missing.
Police say Ahmad wanted to burn the home down to “further ensure that (the 11-year-old) was dead.”