DAYCARE WORKER CHARGED AFTER KIDS DIED IN FIRE WHEN SHE LEFT TO GO SHOPPING

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Shomari Dickerson, 3, Elizabeth Kojah, 20 months, Kendyll Stradford, 20 months, and Elias Castillo, 16 months, died in the fire at Jackie’s Child Care on Crest Park at Waypark Drive shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2011. Three other children were injured. Tata is standing trial for felony murder first for the youngest of the victims — Elias Castillo. Elias’ family cried during closing arguments.

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Tata was charged with four counts of murder, three counts of abandoning a child and two counts of reckless injury to a child. She did not take the stand in her defense.

Prosecutors said Tata put the children in harm’s way by leaving them alone and going shopping at a Target store. Tata’s attorneys said she didn’t intend to hurt the children. Defense attorneys said murder charges are excessive and that when the fire broke out, she tried to save the children.

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The defense claims that the fire did not start because of the grease on the stove. Each side got one hour for closing arguments. “If they did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the switch was on when Ms. Tata left to go to Target, then they don’t have murder,” defense attorney Mike DeGeurin said.

DeGeurin focused on the origin of the fire. He told the jury that the fire may have been caused by an electrical malfunction in the refrigerator or stove. He claimed it was an accident and not murder. “Jessica Tata should have never left those children alone,” DeGeurin said. “She should never have left. She never intended to harm those children. What it’s not is murder.

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Prosecutors called the claim about the refrigerator “crazy.” Prosecutors said it doesn’t matter what caused the fire — what matters is that Tata left the children home alone. Prosecutors showed surveillance video of Tata inside the Target store when the fire ignited.

Prosecutor Steve Baldassano said Tata failed in her duty to protect the children and is now trying to avoid responsibility for what she did. As Baldassano told jurors Tata had broken her promises to keep the children safe, he pointed to the parents of the dead or injured children who were in the courtroom.


“They are trying to blame the stove, the refrigerator. She’s the only person to blame. It’s 100 percent her fault,” he said. Under Texas law, a person can be convicted of felony murder if he or she committed an underlying felony that led to the death



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During the two-week trial, prosecutors presented about 30 witnesses, including neighbors who testified about hearing the children crying during their unsuccessful attempts to rescue them during the blaze. Parents of the children who died or were injured testified that they had trusted Tata, believing she was qualified.

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On Friday, the judge and attorneys met for four hours to draft the jury instructions. The final instructions to the jury are complicated and about 30 pages long. They allow jurors to consider finding Tata guilty on lesser charges, including second-degree felony child abandonment, state jail felony child abandonment, injury to a child and child endangerment. All of those charges would carry a lighter sentence than felony murder, which has a maximum penalty of life in prison.

After the fire, Tata fled to Nigeria but was captured after about a month and returned to the U.S. in March 2011. She has remained jailed since then. Tata was born in the U.S. but has Nigerian citizenship. She was not charged with a crime at the time she left the country.

What do you think?
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  • ImTheKangRoundHereImTheKangRoundHere Posts: 4,649 ✭✭✭✭✭
    CopperKing wrote: »
    them 50% off old navy sales be serious


    lol thats cold
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  • KatKat Posts: 36,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Have they come back with a verdict yet? I know they were supposed to be deliberating as of yesterday.

    It's a sad situation.

    On one hand, yes she made a HORRRRRIBLE choice to leave the babies, but I don't think that should constitute as murder.

    On the other hand, if it were MY baby? I'd want her to pay dearly.

    I just don't understand wtf she was thinking when she decided to leave all those babies alone, sleeping or not.
  • Black_SamsonBlack_Samson I drive a fast car... Posts: 45,411 Regulator
    CopperKing wrote: »
    them 50% off old navy sales be serious

    i say gotdamn...
  • ImTheKangRoundHereImTheKangRoundHere Posts: 4,649 ✭✭✭✭✭
    she should get 50 yrs to life in prison.those babies didnt deserve to die like that because she wanted to go shopping.she shouldve done that after the parents came and picked up the kids.
    Kat
  • gnsgns It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men Posts: 13,541 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Her going to damn target whilst she 'posed to be doing her job,means she does shit like this on the regular.

    What type of child care place only has one worker there at a time?

    Doubtful she intended harm but hoe showed extreme negligence, she should be put under the jail...plus bish tried to run home to the motherland after killing a bunch of kids smh

    LOCK THAT HOE UP.

    P.S.
    she should be made to pay court costs for showing up with that wig.....i'm deadass.

    R.I.P them kids though.
    ShuffingtonChicityJusDre313
  • dallas' 4 evadallas' 4 eva DC4L Posts: 5,902 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kill this bitch. Her useless father should have said no to her mama's ratchet pussy.
  • KatKat Posts: 36,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't think this deserves the death penalty.
    gnsJusDre313
  • DWODWO ♪♫♪ I was down 40, now I'm up 50. Posts: 49,130 Regulator
    I don't think this deserves the death penalty.
    i do
    gnsBlack_SamsonChicity
  • ImTheKangRoundHereImTheKangRoundHere Posts: 4,649 ✭✭✭✭✭
    so you feel sorry for her MzGraham?
  • dallas' 4 evadallas' 4 eva DC4L Posts: 5,902 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't think this deserves the death penalty.

    Fuck that shit she needs to die. We need to start eliminating tards from the world. Let her be an example of what happens when you go all the way tard.
  • KatKat Posts: 36,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    I wouldn't say I feel SORRY for her, I just feel sorry about the whole situation.

    We've all made choices that had repercussions far worse than we could've ever imagined when making that choice, but I still understand that she has to pay for it.

    I don't think she deserves death in this case though.

    Death should be reserved for people that had intent to actually murder someone.

    We going to start giving out the death penalty for vehicular manslaughter if the driver chose to drive drunk?
  • DWODWO ♪♫♪ I was down 40, now I'm up 50. Posts: 49,130 Regulator
    i would like to believe that one day i'll grow some more and become a forgiving enough person to not feel that shorty should get the death penalty....


    but to day is not that day......if that was my child, all bets would be off.....
    gns
  • gnsgns It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men Posts: 13,541 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Agree with kat.
    Give her life.
    KatJusDre313
  • chiyosukechiyosuke Nerd's Eye Vhue East Nashville, TNPosts: 2,996 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    Shomari Dickerson, 3, Elizabeth Kojah, 20 months, Kendyll Stradford, 20 months, and Elias Castillo, 16 months...

    I swear to God the bolded gets on my last fucking nerves. Is it that hard for women to say their children are 1 after 12 months?? Anyway tha bitch was dumb for leaving her post, so all fault goes to her, sorry to say. Murder is abit excessive though
  • ClutchCityCartelClutchCityCartel HoustonPosts: 21,345 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sentencing supposed to be announced at 1. I say give her life, eligble for parole after 25.
    Kat
  • KatKat Posts: 36,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    smh..everything measures by months up to two years from clothes to medication.
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  • DWODWO ♪♫♪ I was down 40, now I'm up 50. Posts: 49,130 Regulator
    I wouldn't say I feel SORRY for her, I just feel sorry about the whole situation.

    We've all made choices that had repercussions far worse than we could've ever imagined when making that choice, but I still understand that she has to pay for it.

    I don't think she deserves death in this case though.

    Death should be reserved for people that had intent to actually murder someone.

    We going to start giving out the death penalty for vehicular manslaughter if the driver have chose to drive drunk?
    we should.. accountability....


    if you make a bad decision that costs multiple lives.. you're a liability to re main alive imo
    dallas' 4 evaKat700Chicity
  • KatKat Posts: 36,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sentencing supposed to be announced at 1. I say give her life, eligble for parole after 25.

    That sounds fair.
  • KatKat Posts: 36,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You trippin right now du.
  • ImTheKangRoundHereImTheKangRoundHere Posts: 4,649 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I cant imagine a kid of mine murdered over some BS like this.It will burn my soul knowing the bitch who killed my baby is still breathing
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