US Marshals: Woman accused in fatal Texas day care fire returns to US after capture in Nigeria

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Monday, March 21, 2011; 11:31 AM

HOUSTON - Authorities say a woman accused of fleeing the country after a fire at her Texas day care facility killed four children has returned to the U.S. following her capture in Nigeria.

The U.S. Marshals Service said 22-year-old Jessica Tata landed in Atlanta early Monday morning on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria.

Authorities say Interpol and U.S. State Department agents took Tata into custody Saturday in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The marshals service said in a statement that agents had been working leads since Friday.

Officials believe Tata fled to Nigeria two days after the Feb. 24 fire that also injured three other children. Tata is accused of leaving the children alone while she shopped at a nearby store. She faces multiple charges including manslaughter.

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