The brand of stove at the center of a fire at a Houston home day care that killed four children and injured three others is known to have problems, an engineering expert said Tuesday in the murder trial of the facility's owner.
The Associated Press reported that lawyers for Jessica Tata (shown here) are trying to prove that the deadly blaze might have been sparked by a malfunctioning stove and not by anything she did.
Prosecutors say the blaze began after oil in a pan ignited on a stovetop burner Tata had left on. They also contend she left the seven children she was caring for alone to go shopping at a nearby Target store.
The children ranged in age from 16 months to 3 years.