A Tulsa mother smiled after she was arrested for stabbing her eldest daughter 50 to 70 times and then running away with her eight-year-old girl.
Taheerah Ahmad, 39, was arrested in downtown Tulsa Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities accuse her of attacking her 11-year-old daughter Monday night and fleeing with her 8-year-old daughter, Hafsa. The younger daughter was found safe with her mother.
Ahmad was being held Wednesday on complaints of arson, child abuse and assault and battery with the intent to kill. She was jailed without bond.
The 11-year-old girl remained in critical condition. She was intubated and remains unconscious.
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.' Police said Ahmad bound and gagged her nine- and 11-year-old daughters with tape, then attacked the eldest when she freed herself. Police have not said what the girls were reading.
Hafsa helped her nine-year-old sister escape, and the middle child ran to a neighbor for help, police said. When officers arrived, they found the 11-year-old girl in the kitchen, bleeding and on fire. Ahmad and the youngest child were missing.
TPD Officer Jeanne MacKenzie told KJRH that it 'looked kind of like a horror movie' and that there was 'blood on the furniture and on the floor'.
'It’s traumatizing for everyone involved,' she said.
The arrest report said the eldest girl fought back while Ahmad was restraining her three daughters, 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. She told cops it was 'self defense'.