Advocates: Day care oversight still issue in Texas

JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press Published:

HOUSTON (AP) -- The parents of four children who died and three others who were seriously injured in a Texas day care fire last year say they made efforts to make sure the facility was safe and the owner was qualified.

Their stories have come out during the trial of day care owner Jessica Tata, who is charged with felony murder.

Child care experts say Texas has taken steps to improve oversight of home day care centers since the fire. But it's among many states still lagging behind what advocates believe should be the standard for keeping tabs on such facilities.

Investigators say the fire at Tata's day care started after she left the children alone to go shopping.