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Texas woman gets 80 years in deadly day-care fire

Left children alone to go shop; four were killed

HOUSTON — It had been Jessica Tata’s dream to run a day-care center.

She was soon in over her head, caring for too many kids and taking chances by leaving them alone to run errands. The young woman’s actions ultimately proved fatal: Four children died and three others were injured after a fire broke out at her home day care after she had left them alone to go shopping at Target.

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