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Mom prays she will have strength to forgive Tata one day

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  While many parents will be giving thanks for their kids, one mother will be thanking a jury.

Kenya Mire sat through most of Jessica Tata's trial, but was not able to attend her punishment phase because of work.  Kenya said it would have given her more peace.

"I was hoping that I was able to say some last things to her to give me more closure," she said.

She said she wanted to let Tata know her 10-year-old asks about his little sister and often sends her balloons with sweet notes.

It's a new lifestyle since that fatal fire almost two years ago.

"She was getting ready to start potty training and saying words and sentences," she said.

Her baby, Kendyll, was only 20 months when she was killed in a daycare fire.  Three other children also died.

Prosecutors said Tata was supposed to be watching the toddlers.  Instead, she went shopping, leaving oil in a pan on a hot stove.

"All I remember was just seeing the doctor pump on Kendyll's chest and she was just lifeless," Kenya said.

She said that day destroyed her life and shattered her dreams.  While it has been extremely difficult, she is moving forward and hoping one day she will find the strength to forgive Tata.

"I pray every day that one day I will forgive her for this, but you know the disappointment in her facial expressions, that it's completely nonchalant the whole time, it just makes me question, is there any type of remorse?"

She said she has filed a civil suit.

Since this case only named one of the four victims, it is possible Tata could face more charges and more time in jail.

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