Oklahoma woman accused in child's stabbing that led to Amber Alert pleads guilty
A Tulsa woman on Tuesday entered blind pleas of guilty to a series of charges stemming from the stabbing of an 11-year-old girl and the abduction of an 8-year-old that triggered an Amber Alert.
Taheerah Ahmad faces two counts of child neglect and one count each of first-degree arson and assault and battery by means likely to produce death. She was scheduled for a jury trial beginning June 3, but Chief Public Defender Corbin Brewster said Ahmad entered blind pleas to the charges during a status conference Tuesday morning.
The decision came without a plea offer from the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, which means District Judge Dawn Moody has discretion on determining an appropriate sentence. The maximum punishment for the child neglect and assault counts is life imprisonment, while first-degree arson carries a possible sentence of up to 35 years.
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