The murder trial surrounding a home daycare fire that took the lives of four children in Texas is nearing an end. Officials close the case have stated that the testimony portion was completed earlier this week and the closing arguments are set for Monday.
The prosecution in the case alleges that the woman left hot oil on her stove and then left the children unsupervised in her home while she went to Target. While she was gone, a fire ignited that left four kids dead and three other children injured.
The woman’s defense claims that she had no intention to hurt the children. An engineer also testified on the woman’s behalf in order to explain why he thought that the stove was off when the fire ignited. The prosecution brought an engineer to the stand to counteract this testimony by stating the the stove was indeed on.
A state investigator also testified that the woman admitted to leaving a pot on the stove. The woman allegedly told police that she was home when the fire started, but a video system at Target showed that she was shopping when the fire erupted.
A Target employee also testified that she had a conversation with the woman discussing the fact that she may have left the stove on. The 24-year-old woman has been charged with four counts or felony murder and faces life in prison if found guilty.