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Trial begins for daycare owner charged with murder

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 No Comments

The trial against a Houston daycare owner who has been charged in relation to a fatal fire that broke out in February 2011, killing four children and seriously injuring three others, has begun. According to the Associated Press, the fire started when oil in a frying pan ignited after it had been left on the stove. Prosecutors claim the 24 year-old woman abandoned the children and was out shopping at Target when the fire broke out.

The daycare owner, who fled to Nigeria following the deadly blaze, has been charged with four counts of felony murder, two counts of reckless injury to a child, and three counts of abandoning a child. All children affected were under three years-old. The woman’s attorney says his client never intended to hurt anyone and that the charges against her are excessive.

However, arson investigators uncovered a receipt from Target that puts her at the store at the time of the fire. She originally told authorities she was in the bathroom at that time. If the owner is convicted, she could face life in prison.

Parents put a lot of faith in their children’s caretakers when dropping them off at daycare. Caretakers have the responsibility and obligation to protect the children to the best of their abilities. When this trust is broken, serious consequences can occur. If your child has been harmed due to a caretaker’s negligent or reckless actions, a child injury attorney can help you seek justice. Nothing can replace the health and wellbeing of your child, and the legal team of Stepleton Dugan, LLC are dedicated to holding the guilty party accountable for their careless actions.

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