«§» 23 November 2012
A Houston jury has reached a decision on the sentencing phase of the trial against Jessica Tata, a daycare owner whose home caught fire, killing and injuring several children.
On November 13, Tata was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Tata, 24, left children in a home on Crest Park near Waypark alone with a pan of grease heating on a stove while she went shopping on February 24, 2011.
When she got home, the house was on fire. Elias, Shomari d**kerson, 3; Elizabeth Kojah, 20 months, and Kendyll Stradford, 20 months, all died in the fire. Three other children were hurt.
Jurors took eight hours to decide on punishment. Tata will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
Tata wiped away tears as her attorney, Mike DeGeurin, said the fire and deaths were an accident. He said Tata made a mistake and never intended for the children to be hurt because she loved them.
“She should have called for help or she should have said to herself, ‘I’ll wait until they wake up, change their diapers, I’ll load them up in the car and we’ll go shopping together,’” DeGeurin said. “But she didn’t.”
DeGeurin said that Tata will forever pay, no matter how long she spends in prison, for using bad judgment.
Reply #1 by ajanni
on: 23 Nov 12, 03:38 PM (3 years ago) Grande Master (m)
Reply #2 by winace
on: 23 Nov 12, 04:26 PM (3 years ago) Addicted Hero (f)
Reply #3 by Rolinppp
on: 23 Nov 12, 04:56 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)
Reply #4 by chicco77
on: 23 Nov 12, 06:37 PM (3 years ago) Addicted Hero (f)
what kind of carelessness is this
Reply #5 by dlimelite
on: 23 Nov 12, 06:56 PM (3 years ago) Hero (f)
Babies having babies again.
Why would you abandon your children at home to go shopping. Is it an emergency that cant wait? You didnt even think about your children. And ontop of that leave a pan of grease heating on the stove. You can't complete one task at a time? Clearly stupid. I feel sorry for those kids who lost their lives becuz they were born with an untrained foolish parent and didn't get to fulfill their task in life.
Rest in peace little angels
Reply #6 by chylind5
on: 23 Nov 12, 07:08 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (f)
Rip little ones... The woman was just careless. But she doesnt look 24 in that Pix.
Reply #7 by papadip
on: 23 Nov 12, 07:40 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)
The parents of these children may never get over it I hope they’ll continue to have the strength to move on. She was careless no doubt. I’ll like to make a point that it is very tough to survive in the Western World. Most of the time you have to juggle between so many things in the name of money. Very sad for all involved. Tata still faces three more counts of felony murder in relation to the other children who died and tree counts of abandoning a child and two counts of reckless injury to a child in relation to the three who were hurt. Prosecutors planned to pursue trials on the remaining felony murder charges.She was born in the U.S. but has Nigerian citizenship
Reply #8 by chicco77
on: 23 Nov 12, 07:43 PM (3 years ago) Addicted Hero (f)
Reply #9 by zoe61
on: 23 Nov 12, 08:33 PM (3 years ago) Hero (f)
is a pity that is why in my country if u don't have license u can't pratice day care
Reply #10 by beneno
on: 23 Nov 12, 08:52 PM (3 years ago) Addicted Hero (m)
Reply #11 by beneno
on: 23 Nov 12, 09:02 PM (3 years ago) Addicted Hero (m)
Reply #12 by arsenal123
on: 23 Nov 12, 09:07 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)
Reply #13 by alibab
on: 23 Nov 12, 09:18 PM (3 years ago) Upcoming (m)
I really feeel vry vry sowi for her.
Reply #14 by Unikpearl
on: 23 Nov 12, 09:25 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (f)
Reply #15 by Ifemylove
on: 23 Nov 12, 09:28 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (f)
Reply #16 by jamesbondchick
on: 23 Nov 12, 10:14 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (f)
You see now? See what carelessness can do? If they were her children wud she have bin so careless? Now see! 80 yrs! Her life is officially over.
Reply #17 by xband
on: 23 Nov 12, 10:16 PM (3 years ago) Upcoming (m)
God please make her to live up to 104 years.
Reply #18 by neloceleb
on: 23 Nov 12, 10:24 PM (3 years ago) Upcoming (f)
Reply #19 by denmal
on: 23 Nov 12, 11:16 PM (3 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)