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Killer’s Mom Will Not be Punished

March 6, 2002

MIAMI (AP) _ The mother of convicted teen-age killer Lionel Tate will not be prosecuted for the death of a 6-year-old girl whom she was baby-sitting, the state attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Marshall King Hall, a prosecutor in the state attorney’s office in Fort Myers, said there was no evidence linking Kathleen Grossett-Tate to any criminal activity in the hours before Tiffany Eunick died.

Grossett-Tate, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, was baby-sitting the girl in her Pembroke Park home at the time of her death. Grossett-Tate said she was upstairs napping.

Tate, 14, is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Eunick in July 1999. He was 12 at the time.

Gov. Jeb Bush appointed the special prosecutors in May to look into Grossett-Tate’s conduct after Broward County prosecutors requested an independent review of her actions.

``She feels somewhat vindicated, but her main concern is still for her son,″ said Grossett-Tate’s lawyer, Mike Hursey.

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