HOUSTON — The woman who ran a West Houston day care fire that caught fire, killing four children, is facing criminal charges.
Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Donna Hawkins said Sunday that Jessica Tata, 22, has been charged with reckless bodily injury to a child.Hawkins said she didn’t know if Tata had been taken into custody, but prosecutors want her held without bond.
The charge carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison. It was not immediately clear whether Tata had an attorney.Houston firefighters said they battled a fire at a home in the 2800 block of Crestpark at Waypark shortly after 1:40 p.m. Thursday. The house also serves as a day care facility called Jackie’s Child Care, officials said.
Units arriving at the scene found two injured children outside the home and five more trapped inside. All of the victims ranged in age from 18 months to 3 years old.Three of the children, including Elizabeth Kojah, of Cypress; Kendyll Stradford, of Katy, both 20 months old; and Shomari Dickerson, 3, died on Thursday. A fourth child, Elias Castillo, died on Saturday.