Mother who stabbed daughter, set house on fire, arrested

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) 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.

Taheerah Ahmad. (Jail photo)

Authorities say 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad was arrested Tuesday in downtown Tulsa, Okla.

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.

Authorities say a patrol officer located Ahmad in her vehicle in downtown Tulsa, and she was taken into custody without incident.

Authorities had been searching for her since Monday night, when officers found her house on fire and her 11-year-old daughter with multiple stab wounds.

Ahmad is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, arson, and two counts of abuse of a child.

Bond had not been set on the assault charge.

Bonds on the other charges total $120,000.