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Mother arrested for allegedly stabbing her young daughter, setting their house on fire

TULSA, OK (ASSOCIATED PRESS) - Investigators say a woman who allegedly bound and gagged her three daughters, stabbed the eldest repeatedly and set their house on fire told them she had become upset after observing two of her children reading a book.

Authorities say 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad was arrested Tuesday in downtown Tulsa. Ahmad's 7-year-old daughter who had been reported missing was found safe.

Ahmad told investigators during interviews Tuesday afternoon that she became upset after observing her children reading a book, although it was not known what book they were reading.

Police say the 11-year-old girl is in "very severe condition" in a Tulsa hospital after being repeatedly stabbed.

Ahmad was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, child abuse and first-degree arson.

Tulsa Police Officer Jeanne MacKenzie says the 7-year-old girl, Hafsa Hayle, helped her 9-year-old sister escape, and the 9-year-old ran to a nearby house for help.

MacKenzie tells the Tulsa World that when authorities arrived, they found an 11-year-old girl in critical condition with stab wounds and the house on fire.

 


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