POSTED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 7:03pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 1:55am
HOUSTON— Four children have died as a result of a fire at a home daycare in late February.
Funerals were held Friday for 20-month-old Kendyll Stradford, and 18-month-old Elias Castillo.
Witnesses said they saw Jessica Tata, 22, the daycare operator, arriving home after the fire, before she ran out screaming.
Houston firefighters and police went in and out of the home carrying children to an ambulance.
Prosecutors allege a fire started when Tata went grocery shopping, leaving seven toddlers and preschool-age children alone inside the house she was renting.
The fourth child died last Friday at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.