Tata had left the seven children at her home day care to run an errand at Target. The children ranged in age from 15 months to 3 years. The fire started from oil burning in a pot on the stove, according to court documents.
Witnesses saw Tata arrive by car at the Houston home after the fire had started, according to court records. She could be heard screaming, witnesses told the Houston Fire Department.
Tata was rushed to the hospital following the fire, but was later released. Houston authorities never interviewed Tata before she fled the country. She was too ill to be interviewed at the scene of the fire or in the hospital and refused to talk when arson investigators arrived at her home the day after the fire.
"I don't understand how that could possibly happen. You see the damage to the house. You see the kids? Four passed away. How could you not just interview her and hear her side of the story at least. I'm at a loss for words, I don't understand," Dickerson said earlier this week.
Dickerson's daughter, Makayla, was also injured in the fire. Her condition was recently upgraded to good from critical.
"I don't understand why she would leave my babies alone knowing I trust her. It's so much to give your trust to someone with a baby you've carried for 9 months," Dickerson said.