Woman Wanted for Deadly TX Day Care Fire Heading Back to U.S.

A woman accused of fleeing the country after a fire at her Houston day care center killed four children is en route back the United States to face manslaughter and other charges.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said 22-year-old Jessica Tata departed Lagos, Nigeria Sunday. The Houston Democrat she hoped Tata would arrive in Houston by nightfall Monday.

Authorities believe Tata fled to Nigeria two days after a February 24 fire at her home day care center in Houston killed four children and hurt three others. Tata has been charged with manslaughter, injury to a child and child abandonment amid accusations that she left the youngsters alone while she shopped at a nearby store.

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