Jessica Tata

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Daycare Firestarter Jessica Tata on List of DA's Cases Under Review for Potential Exculpatory Evidence

    The criminal conviction of Jessica Tata, who owned the daycare where four children burned to death in 2011 is among more than 120 cases under review for possible exculpatory evidence, according to a letter the Harris County District Attorney's Office sent to criminal defense lawyers this week, in co ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Prosecutors Get the Felony Murder Charges They Wanted

    Jessica Tata​A Harris County grand jury has returned four felony murder charges against Jessica Tata, the owner of a daycare where four kids died in a fire. There had been some question as to whether the grand jury would go for the murder indictments, which require at least some degree of int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Jessica Tata's First Interview: "You Can Only Say Sorry So Many Times"

    KTRK's Jessica Willey has scored the first interview with Jessica Tata, the owner of the daycare where four kids died in a fire. Tata is in Harris County Jail and did not speak on camera, but Willey reports she said "I'm doing well. I pray a lot" and she expressed remorse: "Sorry is not enough. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Legislature Acts to Help Increase Daycare Inspections

    Jessica Tata spurs lege to act​Blink once and you might have missed state rep Carol Alvarado's bill in the House Urban Affairs last week that offered at least one more stopgap measure to prevent the West Houston daycare fire that took the lives of four small children. Former day care operator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Now She's Facing Murder Charges

    HCSOJessica Tata faces a longer sentence​The stakes have been raised against Jessica Tata, the owner of the daycare center where four children died in a fire. Previously charged with manslaughter, now Tata faces murder charges after court filings yesterday by the Harris County District Attorn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Jessica Tata Brought Into Custody

    Jessica Tata, 22, is in custody.​The long strange trip of the woman wanted in connection with the deaths of four children in a daycare fire in February is over as Jessica Tata was escorted to Harris County jail early Tuesday morning. Tata was the owner of Jackie's Child Care, located in a res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Comment of the Day: How to Find Jessica Tata

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    The Search for Jessica Tata: Lots of Tips and Yes, They've Tried Facebook

    Jessica Tata: On the run​Since announcing a $25,000 reward last week, U.S. Marshals have gotten dozens of "detailed" tips on how to find Jessica Tata, the fugitive owner of a daycare where four kids died horrifically. "We've gotten some really good leads, and we're tracking them down," agency ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Feeling the Hate on Facebook

    Jessica Tata is not loved on Facebook​No local Houston figure in recent memory has become so hated so quickly as Jessica Tata, the fugitive owner of the day care where four children died in a fire last week. Believed to be in Nigeria, Tata, who lied about her juvenile record on her regist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: DA Pat Lykos Says Don't Blame Me for Her Getting Away

    Jessica Tata is in Nigeria and is wanted​District Attorney Pat Lykos had an afternoon press conference today to rebut claims that her office did not act quickly enough in the case of Jessica Tata, who owned a daycare where four kids died in a fire, allowing Tata to escape to Nigeria. "Suggest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Jessica Tata, Owner of Daycare Where Four Kids Died, Escapes to Nigeria

    ​The Houston Fire Department says the owner of the daycare where last week's heartbreaking fire killed four kids has escaped the country. Jessica Tata, 22, is in Nigeria, HFD tells the Houston Chronicle. Tata has been charged with reckless injury to a child involving serious bodily injury, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Parents' Nightmare: Three Kids Die in Daycare Fire

    Parents' nightmare on the west side​Horrible story out on the west side of town -- three children, aged three or younger, have died and another four are hospitalized with serious injuries, the Houston Fire Department and news outlets report. The fire, at Jackie's Child Care in the 2800 block ... More >>