Prosecutor: Kids twice left home alone day of fire

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Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prosecutors say the home day care where a fire erupted and killed four children was run by an irresponsible woman who twice left the children unsupervised that day to go shopping.

Jessica Tata is on trial for felony murder in Houston. Investigators have said a fire broke out in the kitchen of her home in Houston after she left the children alone in February 2011 to go shopping at Target.

But on Thursday, prosecutors showed jurors surveillance video that they say shows Tata also went shopping alone earlier that day at Walmart.

Her attorneys say she never intended to harm the children, who ranged in age from 16 months to 3 years. Three other children were seriously injured.

The 24-year-old Tata faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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