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HOUSTON Jessica Tata, the former day care operator awaiting trial on murder charges, was in court Friday for another, unrelated case.

Prosecutors have charged her with welfare fraud.

Tata pleaded not guilty.

A mother of one of the four children who was killed in a fire at Tata s day care center watched the proceedings Friday.

Keisha Brown lost her 16-month-old son, Elias, in the blaze.

Nothing she says can be true, because she gets more counts all the time. And it s something about lying, you know. She left, and she lied. She s a liar. I mean, she s still a coward to me, Brown said.

Tata is being held in the Harris County Jail on $2 million bond.

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