Day care operator found guilty of murdering four kids
A jury found Jessica Tata guilty of murder for a 2011 fire that killed four children at her home day care.
November 13th, 2012
12:42 PM ET

Day care operator found guilty of murdering four kids

A jury in Houston has found Jessica Tata guilty of murder in the deaths of four children in a fire.

Tata's carelessness led to the fire at her home day care in 2011 and she then fled – with seven children trapped inside, evidence showed.  Three children were injured but survived.

CNN affiliate KTRK reports that Tata could face up to 99 years in prison.

After the fire in February last year, Tata fled to Nigeria.  The U.S. Marshals Service named her one of its most wanted fugitives.  The service said it worked "with international investigative resources in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to bring Tata to justice."

She was arrested in Nigeria and brought back in less than a month.

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  1. Jimh77

    No Prison, just put her down. Why should the tax payers fund her life? Say no. Bring back public hangings!

    December 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sunbirdwoman

    I think there's a lot to be said for public executions. They never did prevent crimes of passion, of course, and were often implemented after pretty sketchy trials influenced by politics, social warfare, and so on, but ... it seems odd to me that today we don't consider the possible effect on those haphazard members of society who might, in fact, stop and think again if they had ever seen the consequences of not thinking at all.

    December 11, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Read your last second again, and you'll see why capital punishment has never meant much regarding prevention.

      "Stop and think again if they had seen the consequences of not thinking at all." See, they don't think. Every crook assumes they'll get away with it. The punishment never decreases those that commit the crime.

      December 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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