District Attorney Commends Law Enforcement in Return of Fugitive Tata
March 23, 2011

As Jessica Tata prepares to make her first court appearance in a Harris County  courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, the people who helped arrest and escort her back to Texas are winning praise from District Attorney Pat Lykos.

Lykos issued a statement commending the International, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies involved in the apprehension of fugitive Jessica Tata and her return to Harris County.

 “Tata fled to Nigeria three and a half weeks ago-her arrest and swift arrival back to Houston was the result of the actions of many individuals from many jurisdictions, working diligently to bring her to justice,” said Lykos.

DA Lykos specifically named the following agencies: the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department, the Department of Public Safety, the United States Department of State, officials from Nigeria, the United States Attorney’s Office, Interpol Washington, Interpol Lagos, the Department of Justice Office of Internal Affairs, the United States National Central Bureau, and the United States Marshals Service
Investigative Operations Division. 

     Tata has been charged with fourteen felony offenses for leaving seven children unattended as a fire burned in her home daycare facility in February. Four of the children perished in the fire, and three others were injured.

     Immediately following her return to Houston on Tuesday, a magistrate in Probable Cause Court declined to set bonds for Tata’s numerous felony cases. She is scheduled to appear in the 180th District Court Wednesday afternoon at 1:30.

Jessica Tata Booked Into Harris County Jail
March 22, 2011

After arriving in Houston early Tuesday morning, fugitive day care operator Jessica Tata was booked into the Harris County Jail.

Tata was not present for a probable cause hearing at 4 a.m. but a magistrate found probable cause to hold her on 13 criminal counts. She was denied bond.

According to journalists waiting at the jail for Tata, she was wearing a body armor vest as she was escorted into the jail by several investigators with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force.

Tata fled to Nigeria after a fire killed four children in her care on February 24.

Tata will be kept in a single person cell while at the jail. That action is taken for the safety of  any prisoner like Tata who is considered a high-profile inmate.

Fugitive Daycare Owner Waives Extradition
March 21, 2011

On Saturday, fugitive day care operator Jessica Tata surrendered to authorities in Nigeria.

She is accused of leaving seven children alone while she went shopping. Four children died in a fire that started at the daycare. 

U.S. Marshals are escorting Tata back to Houston.  In the meantime, she is booked into the Fulton County Jail, which released this photo of   Tata Monday morning.

According to authorities there, Tata was present during an extradition hearing before Judge Richard Hicks, during which she waived extradition.

Members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit and U.S. Marshals were in the courtroom.

Arrangements will be made for her transport back to Texas.