Jessica Tata defense rests in former day care worker's murder trial
(CBS/AP) HOUSTON - Defense attorneys for Jessica Tata rested their case this week in the murder trial that accuses the former day care worker of neglecting her duties while a fire at her home killed four children and injured three others.
Tata, 24, faces four counts of felony murder and is currently on trial for one child's death. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Closing arguments will begin after prosecutors call at least one rebuttal witness, an engineering expert who testified last week.
Investigators said the fire happened after oil in a pan ignited on a stovetop burner that was left on. Tata is accused of leaving the seven children she was caring for alone at her home to go shopping in February 2011 when the oil ignited. Her attorneys said she didn't intend to harm the children.
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