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Jessica Tata Appeals Day Care Death Verdict

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Home day care operator Jessica Tata stands before her verdict at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Houston. Tata was convicted of murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo, one of four children who died in a fire at her home day care after she left them alone with hot oil on the stove while she shopped at Target. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Home day care operator Jessica Tata stands before her verdict at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Houston. Tata was convicted of murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo, one of four children who died in a fire at her home day care after she left them alone with hot oil on the stove while she shopped at Target. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Jessica Tata, the former day-care owner convicted of murder after four children in her care died in a fire while she was shopping, is appealing her conviction with the use of a court-appointed attorney.

Tata was represented by Mike DeGeurin in her criminal trial and was sentenced to 80 years in prison after she was found guilty of felony murder for the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo.

Tata still faces three additional charges of murder for the deaths of Shomari Dickerson, Elizabeth Kojah and Kendyll Stradford who all perished in the fire.

Other charges of abandoning a child and reckless injury to a child have also been filed. Prosecutors have not ruled out trying Tata on these charges despite her conviction.

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