(Houston, Texas) The case against Jessica Tata has been decided.
On Tuesday, jurors sentenced the 24-year-old woman to 80 years in prison for the death of one of the children, 16-month-old Elias Castillo.Tata must serve 30 years of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.
She still faces charges related to the rest of the children.
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Day care operator Jessica Renee Tata, 22, was apprehended in Nigeria and returned to the United States. She currently is in custody at the Fulton County Jail.
Tata, who was on the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Most-Wanted Fugitives list, arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after 5 a.m. today on a flight from Lagos International Airport in Lagos, NigeriaTata faces multiple charges in the deaths of four children stemming from the February 24 fire at Jackie's Child Care.
The Marshals Service said Tata was “captured” Saturday in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, by Interpol and U.S Department of State Diplomatic Security agents.
Tata waived extradition. She awaits transport back to Harris County.
Texas Daycare Owner Wanted in Deaths of Four Children
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(Houston, Texas) A 22-year-old local daycare owner, Jessica Renee Tata, has been indicted on charges stemming from a fire at Jackie’s Child Care during which four toddlers died.
On February 24, 2011, Jessica Rene TATA negligently abandoned seven children under the age of 15 at her independently owned and operated daycare.Tata faces charges of four counts manslaughter, six counts of reckless injury to a child, three counts of abandoning a child under 15 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
During the time period TATA abandoned the children, a fire erupted in the residence due to a pan of oil left on an ignited stove.
As a result of the fire, four of the seven children died while the remaining three suffered from severe burns.
The U.S. Marshals Service has classified Tata as "Most Wanted" and offers a $25,000 reward for her capture. It's believed that she has fled to Nigeria.