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Texas day care fire trial deliberations to resume

  • Associated Press
  • November 13, 2012 - 2:06 AM

HOUSTON - A second day of deliberations awaits jurors in the trial of a Houston woman charged with murder after a 2011 fire at her home day care killed four children who had been left alone.

Jessica Tata (TAH'-tah) is being tried on one of four counts of felony murder. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Jurors were to resume working Tuesday after deliberating about 4 1/2 hours Monday.

Prosecutors say Tata had hot oil on a stove burner and left the children home alone while she went shopping. Three children were injured.

Defense attorneys argue the fire could have been sparked by a malfunctioning refrigerator.

Prosecutors say Tata is trying to avoid responsibility for what she did.

The jury can also find Tata guilty of several lesser charges.

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