Mother is given three life sentences for horrifying abuse of her daughter, 11, who survived being stabbed nearly 70 times and hit in the head with an ax
An Oklahoma mother has been given three life sentences after she admitted to stabbing her 11-year-old daughter nearly 70 times and setting their home on fire because she believed the child was the ‘devil’ and wanted to harm her.
A Tulsa County Judge handed the sentence Thursday to 40-year-old Taheerah Ahmad, who pleaded guilty last month to two counts of child neglect and one count each of first-degree arson and assault and battery.
Her daughter survived the savage May 2018 attack and authorities say she has recovered from her injuries.
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Ahmad was arrested after authorities in Tulsa said she attacked her eldest daughter with three different weapons, and bound and gagged her two younger daughters, aged seven and nine at the time, who escaped and were found unharmed.
An arrest report said Ahmad told investigators she was upset with her children ‘because of the way they were reading and looking at her.’
In a videotaped interview with police, the mother-of-three showed no remorse and said she believed her eldest daughter was the devil and was plotting to kill her, reported the station KJRH.
She also said she could read her daughter’s thoughts and knew the child would hurt her.
Ahmad blamed the girl’s father for her behavior, claiming that he was abusive towards her children.
Assistant District Attorney Katie Koljack on Thursday characterized the attack on the 11-year-old girl as the worst crime she has ever come across.
She said the child was stabbed so many times all over her body that her wounds could not be accurately counted.
Ahmad also struck the girl over the head several times with a pickax before setting the house on fire to make sure the girl died.
Following the attack, Ahmad’s aunt said the mother had recently lost her job and then ‘snapped’ after being prevented by her own mother from attending her son’s graduation.
Ahmad’s public defender agreed that her client’s crimes were heinous but argued that she was ‘not right in her mind’ and asked to judge to give her an opportunity to rehabilitate herself.
The judge said Ahmad has shown remorse since her arrest and was acting in the best interests of her daughter by pleading guilty rather then putting them through a trial, but noted that none of it excused her actions.