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Jessica Tata Trial: Jury to be sequestered for final phase of daycare murder case

FILE - In this March 23, 2012, file photo, former day care operator Jessica Tata leaves court after her arraignment in Houston. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in the trial of Tata, the Houston day care owner who fled to Nigeria after a February 2011 fire killed four young children and injured three others. She faces four felony murder charges as well as five other counts, including abandoning a child. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) Pat Sullivan

In this March 23, 2012, file photo, former day care operator Jessica Tata leaves court after her arraignment in Houston.
AP Photo/Pat Sullivan
(CBS/AP) HOUSTON - A jury with be sequestered for the final phase of the case of a home daycare operator charged with felony murder for allegedly causing a fire that let to the deaths of four children in 2011.

Closing arguments are scheduled today in the murder trial of Jessica Tata. Testimony wrapped up last week. Prosecutors say Tata had hot oil cooking on a stove when she left the children alone to go shopping and the fire broke out.

Tata's attorneys say she didn't intend to harm the children, who who ranged in age from 16 months to 3 years old.

Tata faces four counts of felony murder and is currently on trial for one child's death. If convicted she faces up to life in prison.

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