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D.A. Accepts Charges in Deadly Daycare Fire.

HOUSTON - The district attorney has accepted criminal charges against the operator of a child care center that caught fire last week.

Four children died in the blaze.

On Sunday night, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said it was in the process of filing a "reckless injury to a child with serious bodily injury" charge against Jessica Renee Tata, 22.

Tata is the operator of the home-based child care center that caught fire Thursday in southwest Houston.

On Saturday, the death total from that fire climbed to four when another child died. Several others remained hospitalized, at last check.

A source within the Houston Fire Department told FOX 26 News that investigators were looking into whether or not anyone was home when the fire occurred.

== Assist. Fire Chief Visits Scene of Fire ==

Assistant Houston Fire Chief Lisa Campbell said she came as a mother, not a public official, to the scene that left the families of four children devastated beyond words.

"I was just returning from a business trip on the day that the incident happened and my children were home with a nanny all week. So it's really hit home for me, " Campbell said Saturday while visiting Jackie's Child Care in West Houston.

A fire swept through the home daycare Thursday, leaving four children dead.

Campbell arrived at the scene with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

The veteran lawmaker also said she came as a mother, but declined further comment.

Neighbors who live near the daycare continued to visit the scene, many leaving flowers at a growing memorial for the children.

"It hurts, it hurts a lot," said neighbor Lindsay Lay.

"It's going to be felt here for a long time."

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HOUSTON - A source tells FOX 26 News the woman facing a criminal charge after last week’s fatal child care center fire has been caught in Atlanta.

Officials say she may have been trying to leave the country.

A source within the Houston Fire Department tells FOX 26 News that 22-year-old Jessica Tata was arrested in Georgia over the weekend.

Tata is a native of Nigeria, and sources say that's where the daycare owner may have been heading before being caught.

The details behind her arrest or how she was found was not immediately known.

It was last week when four kids were killed in a fire at the Houston daycare Tata operates.

HFD investigators were said to be looking into whether or not Tata was home with the children at the time of the fire. On Sunday, a criminal charge was filed against her.

We'll continue to follow this story and bring you more on MyFoxHouston.com and FOX 26 News at 5 p.m.

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Re: D.A. Accepts Charges in Deadly Daycare Fire.

HOUSTON - First on FOX: A source tells FOX 26 News the woman facing a criminal charge after last week’s fatal child care center fire has left the country and is in Nigeria.

The Houston Fire Department tells FOX 26 News that 22-year-old Jessica Tata left the country over the weekend. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Tata left through a flight out of Atlanta on Saturday.

Tata is said to be a native of Nigeria, and she may be looking to reunite with family there.

The U.S. Marshals Office is working to bring her back to Texas to face a felony criminal charge, but she is not yet in custody.

In the meantime, new information is out as to what may have started the fire that killed four children under Tata's care last week.

According to probable cause documents filed Sunday , an arson investigator observed an electric stove with a pot containing oil on the burner. It's believed the burner was left on, and it was the heat source for the fire.

The day of the fire, two witnesses told HFD investigators that they saw Tata pull into the driveway and go through the front door. Seconds later, she came back outside screaming about the fire inside. Responding firefighters noted that there did not appear to be any other supervisors with the children.

Tata faces one felony charge of reckless injury to a child, and her bond has been set at $500,000.


Fuck!! They need to get the story straight already

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