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U.S. MARSHALS: Top 15 Most Wanted Daycare Provider Captured, Appears In Front of Judge

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Jessica Tata Captured (U.S. Marshals photo)

Jessica Tata Captured (U.S. Marshals photo)

CAPTURE UPDATEJessica Tata, a U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive, was taken into custody over the weekend at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.  Authorities say Tata was taken down Saturday in Port Harcourt, Nigeria by Interpol and the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security agents.  Tata appeared at 4 a.m. in front of a judge and she will have another court appearance sometime in the next couple of days.  She is currently being held without bond.

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Marshals have added Texas daycare provider Jessica Renee Tatato their Top 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. According to the U.S. Marshals, Tata is charged and wanted on four counts of manslaughter, six counts of reckless injury to a child, three counts of abandoning a child under 15 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.


The U.S. Marshals are working to track down a daycare provider from Texas who fled to Nigeria. Authorities say Jessica Renee Tata was operating a daycare center inside her Houston home when she left seven children, aged 18 months to 3 years, unattended to go shopping. When Tata returned home, her house was on fire, and the toddlers were trapped inside, killing four. Investigators believe she left a pot of oil on the stove.

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Monday, June 28th, 2010

Remembering Aja Johnson (left) Lester Hobbs (right)

The official autopsy report for 7-year-old Aja Johnson was hand delivered to her biological father J.J. Johnson on Friday.  Six months after the little girl went missing, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office lists the child’s official cause of death as “violent death with possible neck injury.”  The bodies of Aja Johnson and Lester Hobbs were located in a rural area in Norman, Oklahoma nine weeks after he abducted her.  A law enforcement source on the ground told me that because of the decomposition, Hobbs and Aja most likely died about a week after the initial murder of Tonya Hobbs in January. “He got in that area, probably to lay low for a few days, got in there with the storm and maybe got trapped.  One thing led to another, couldn’t get the vehicle out, and would have to walk out on foot… he chose to stay.”  My source says Aja’s body was found outside the vehicle and Hobbs was found inside the car.  The medical examiner’s report indicates Hobbs died from drinking antifreeze, and there were not any signs of antifreeze in Aja Johnson.

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