10-year-old shot by mother dies

5:30 PM, May 15, 2011   |    comments
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Dunedin, Florida - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says Tina Marie Foster's 10-year-old daughter, Kassidie McMillin, has died. Her mother, who was going to turn 40 on Friday, took her own life after shooting her daughter.

Foster may have been distraught over her finances. According to reports from the sheriff's office, she was arrested back in January and was due in court on May 23 over charges that she embezzled a little more than $27,000 while she worked as an office manager at Temperature Services Incorporated, which is an air conditioning company.

Glen Tishuk filed the fraud reports and told detectives that illegal electronic bank to credit card transactions took place from December of 2008 until August of 2010. Tishuk also said there were 116 illegal credit card transactions beginning on or about November 2007. Foster was arrested in January on a scheme to defraud and a fraudulent use of a credit card charge.

Tishuk said by telephone Friday evening he didn't want to talk about it and that he was pretty broken up about everything.

News of the shootings have rocked the Tampa Bay area. Parents like Joe Rommel and his wife Colleen were stunned by the news. Joe says, "God rest her soul and I can't imagine why someone would shoot their child."

They watched their 11-year-old son, A.J., and his best friend having fun together near San Jose Elementary School, which is the school where Kassidie attended classes.

They say they can't imagine what was going through Foster's mind. "It makes you sick. It breaks your heart. We've all had days where we can get up and we think, 'Oh, my God, is it worth it?' Personally I look to him and say, 'OK it's worth it.' He makes it worth it, so to get that distraught I can't imagine."

No official word from investigators on what drove Foster to kill herself and shoot her daughter.

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