Girl dies after 325-pound cousin sits on her as punishment
FLORIDA: A nine-year-old girl in Florida died an unusual death when her 64-year-old cousin sat on her as punishment.
Authorities say a 325-pound (150-kilogram) woman has been charged with killing a 9-year-old girl by sitting on the child as punishment.
The Pensacola News Journal reports Veronica Green Posey, 64, was later arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child.
The newspaper reported:
Veronica Green Posey, 64, was charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child after paramedics responded to a cardiac arrest call at 1:35 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Bryant Road. Upon arrival, the victim, Dericka Lindsay, was found to be unresponsive and was transported to Baptist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Posey told deputies she was sitting on Dericka Lindsay because the girl was out of control. During the punishment, Dericka told Posey and two other adult relatives that she couldn’t breathe. When Posey got up, Dericka wasn’t breathing.
The two other adults face neglect charges.
Posey was released Monday on $125,000 bail. Escambia County jail records didn’t list an attorney.
The child’s parents, Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, 62, were arrested and charged with child neglect for failing to report the abuse, the newspaper reported:
Grace Smith told the deputy Posey struck Dericka with a ruler and a metal pipe, before Dericka ran to an armchair.