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Woman Turns Herself in Over Fatal Day Care Fire

KTRK-TV Houston(HOUSTON) -- The Houston woman charged in a day care fire that killed four toddlers turned herself in Saturday to U.S. officials in Nigeria, according to her brother.

Ron Tata told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston that his sister, 22-year-old Jessica Tata, surrendered in Nigeria, where she fled following the Feb. 24 fire.

Jessica Tata, who ran Jackie's Child Care out of her home in Houston, was charged in February with one count of reckless bodily injury to a child, and bond was set at $500,000. But prosecutors realized that Tata had already fled the country.

She now faces four manslaughter charges as well as 10 other charges, including reckless injury of a child and child abandonment.

Toddlers Elizabeth Kajoh, Kendyll Stradford, Elias Castillo and Shomari Dickerson died in the fire at the west Houston home day care.

Prosecutors allege that Tata left the children alone in the house while she went shopping, and while she was gone, the fire broke out on a stove-top burner that had been left on. She told investigators she was in the bathroom when the fire started.

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