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HOUSTON Jessica Tata has been charged with theft of food stamps in Harris County.

According to court documents, she stole the food stamps between December 2007 and February 28, 2011.

Tata remains jailed on murder charges for the deaths of four children left unattended at a west Houston home day care facility lastFebruary.

The day care caught fire and sevenchildren were trapped inside.

Four of the children 18-month-old Elias Castillo, 3-year-old Shomari Dickerson, 20-month-old Elizabeth Kajoh and 20-month-old Kendyll Stradford died, and three others were injured.

Tata is also charged with injury to a child, child endangerment and child abandonment.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Tata has been held in the Harris County Jail since she was returned to Houston from Nigeria on March 21. She caught a flight to the African nation two days after the fire, as investigators scrambled to convince prosecutors to file charges.

The judge has since refused the defense s requests to reduce her bond.

In a jailhouse interview in May, Tata said she was struggling to express her remorse to the victims families.

Sorry is not enough, Tata said. You can only say sorry so many times.

Family members of the victims have said they hope the case spurs changes in how the state regulates day cares and the people who run them.

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