Tulsa police announced early Tuesday afternoon that Taheerah Ahmad was arrested, almost 18 hours after she fled her home with her 7-year-old daughter, Hasfa Hayle - who also goes by Hafsa Hussein. Officials described Hafsa as having puffy hair in a ponytail, wearing an ankle-length peach dress, and painted gold bracelets.
Police believe Ahmad fled with the youngest girl. Ahmad, who has dark curly hair with highlights, is believed to be driving either a black 2005 Lexus RX3, with an Oklahoma paper tag, UD-4967 or a dark blue Ford sedan.
Taheera Ahmad is accused of binding and gagging her three girls, before slashing the eldest multiple times with a knife, then setting the house on fire and kidnapping the youngest, who is seven.
Ahmad then took off with Hailey and were last seen at 8:00 P.M. Monday.
"The mother had duct-taped their hands, put socks in their mouths and began stabbing the 11-year-old", said Tulsa Police Officer Jeanne MacKenzie.More news: Margot Kidder, star of Superman, dies aged 69
Police say the 11-year-old girl is in "very severe condition" in a Tulsa hospital.
Police said it was unclear where Ahmad may be headed but that she had lived in Tennessee and Texas in the past. The eldest child is in critical condition.
Authorities say a patrol officer located 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad in her vehicle in downtown Tulsa, and she was taken into custody without incident.
Police reported to the home on Monday night to find the kitchen on fire and an 11-year-old girl critically injured from an apparent stabbing.
According to police, the family have listed several places where Ahmad and her daughter may be, ranging from Bixby to Edmond.