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Daycare Operator Guilty in Deaths of 4 Children

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Brittany Nicole Hill5 years ago

Jessica Tata, a Houston-area daycare owner, has been found guilty of felony murder in the deaths of four young children in her care, San Antonio Express News is reporting.

Daycare Owner Left Kids, Went Shopping

On February 24, 2011, Jessica Tata was caring for 7 young children no older than 3 years old at her home daycare when she left the children unattended to go shopping. While she was away, a fire started in her home. According to reports, the fire started because a hot burner was left on.

The fire took the lives of 4 of the 7 children inside and the woman is now facing up to life in prison.

Jury Hands Down Guilty Verdict for Felony Murder

  • On Tuesday November 13, 2012, a jury found Jessica Tata guilty of felony murder.
  • According to, felony murder is a murder that occurs in the commission of a felony.
  • Felony murder is usually considered first degree murder and does not require specific intent to kill.
  • Although Jessica did not intentionally kill the children, she committed a felony by leaving the children unsupervised at her daycare facility (her house).
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