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Texas day care owner seen shopping at time of fire

Texas day care owner seen shopping at time of fire

POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 3:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 3:46pm

HOUSTON (AP) - Investigators say a Houston day care operator who
left the children she was watching alone was shopping when the
deadly fire started at the facility. The blaze killed four

A probable cause affidavit made public Tuesday says surveillance
video shows 22-year-old Jessica Tata shopping at a Target store
about a mile away from the home at the time the fire began.

Investigators believe last week's fire was started by a stove
top burner that had been left on.

Tata has been charged with reckless injury to a child involving
serious bodily injury and has fled to her native Nigeria.
Authorities are working to locate her.

Two of the injured children remain hospitalized but are stable
and improving.

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