Witness: Day care owner concealed criminal history
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of murder after a fire at her home day care killed four children lied in her application to run the facility about having a juvenile conviction, something that would have prevented her from getting a child care license, a former state official testified Wednesday.
Testimony continued in the punishment phase of Jessica Tata's trial. On Tuesday, a jury found the 24-year-old Tata guilty of one count of felony murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo. She faces up to life in prison.
Prosecutors said the February 2011 fire started after Tata left a pan of oil on a stove while she went shopping at a nearby Target store, leaving the children unsupervised. Along with the four killed, three others were seriously injured.
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