Custom Search 1

Nursery worker sentenced to 80 years over fire tragedy

JAILED: Jessica Tata

A TEXAS woman was sentenced to 80 years in prison over the death of one of four children killed in a fire at her home day care.

The court heard that in February 2011, Jessica Tata, who was found guilty of the murder of 16-month-old Elias Castillo last week, left six young children at her nursery 'to go shopping', upon her return she saw a fire had spread through the premises.

The tragic incident also claimed the lives of Shomari Dickerson, 3, 20-month-old Elizabeth Kojah, 20-month-old Kendyll Stradford. Alongside the four fatalities, two other children were left critically injured.

After an investigation it was revealed that the fire was caused by a pot of oil that was left unattended on the kitchen stove.

The 24-year-old was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and will have to serve 30 years of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

Patty Sparks, Elias’ great-grandmother, reportedly said on Tata's conviction: “Nobody wins in this situation."

“My heart goes out to the Tata family and those precious mothers and fathers who lost their babies.”

Subscribe to The Voice database!

We'd like to keep in touch with you regarding our daily newsletter, Voice competitions, promotions and marketing material and to further increase our reach with The Voice readers.

If interested, please click the below button to complete the subscription form.

We will never sell your data and will keep it safe and secure.

For further details visit our privacy policy.

You have the right to withdraw at any time, by clicking 'Unsubscribe'.

Facebook Comments