COURT: Jessica Tata
A NURSERY owner has been found guilty of one count of murder in connection to the deadly fire that in her premises which killed four toddlers, reports KENS 5 TV.
According to several news outlets 24-year-old Jessica Tata is now facing up to life in prison over the tragedy, which took the lives of Shomari Dickerson, 3, 20-month-old Elizabeth Kojah, 20-month-old Kendyll Stradford, and 18-month-old Elias Castillo.
The court heard that in February 2011 Tata left six young children at her Houston home-based daycare 'to go shopping', upon her return she saw a fire had spread through the nursery.
After an investigation it was revealed that the fire was caused by a pot of oil that was left unattended on the kitchen stove.
Alongside the four fatalities, two children were left critically injured.
Tata is now facing up to life in prison when she is sentenced later this year.