Child Found, Mother Arrested After Tulsa Police Issue Amber Alert

Child Found, Mother Arrested After Tulsa Police Issue Amber Alert

Child Found, Mother Arrested After Tulsa Police Issue Amber Alert

ABC News reports that police are searching for Hafza Hailey, 7, and her mother Taheerah Ahmad, 39, after the mother is believed to have fled with her youngest child from their north Tulsa home on Monday night. Hafza was last seen wearing an ankle-length peach dress and is described to be wearing a puffy ponytail and gold bracelets on her wrist. Police arrived to find the home's kitchen on fire and the 11-year-old in critical condition, suffering from multiple stab wounds, authorities said.

It was unclear of where Ahmad may be headed, but authorities noted that she has lived in Tennessee and Texas in the past.

Police believe after Ahmad stabbed the 11-year-old several times, she set fire to the house, then abducted Hafza.

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.

Sometime after the two children were able to escape, Ahmad is believed to have snatched her 7-year-old daughter and fled the scene.

During the stabbing, the youngest daughter helped the middle daughter, 9, escape and the girl went to a home where their aunt lives, police said. She drives a 2005 Lexus RX-300 SUV with a paper license tag, though she may now be driving a navy Ford sedan.

MacKenzie said Monday evening that there was no known history of child abuse or domestic violence in the immediate family. Police arrested Ahmad in her Lexus vehicle.

She also noted the possibility that Ahmad might have mental health and/or drug-related issues.

Officials said Ahmad is described as black with curly black hair with gold streaks in it.

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