Taheerah Ahmad and her 7-year-old daughter, Hafsa Hayle. (Tulsa Police Department)
(Meredith/AP) — Police in Oklahoma are searching for a woman who they say bound and gagged her three daughters, stabbed the eldest repeatedly, and set their house on fire.
A 7-year-old girl is missing along with the mother, identified by Tulsa police as 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad.
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.
"The 9-year-old sibling of the 11-year-old stated that earlier in the evening that the mother had duct-taped their hands, put socks in their mouths and then began stabbing the 11-year-old," said MacKenzie during a press briefing.
Police believe Ahmad fled with the youngest girl.
An Amber Alert says Ahmad may be driving a black Lexus RX300 SUV with paper tags, a 2011 Ford Escape or a navy blue Ford sedan.
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