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A 9-year-old Florida girl died on Saturday afternoon after her 64-year-old cousin allegedly sat on her as punishment for misbehaving.

Veronica Green Posey has been charged with cruelty towards and child and homicide in the death of her young cousin, Dericka Lindsay, according to an arrest report from the Escambia County Sheriff, People reports.

Posey, who weighs 325 pounds, told police she sat on the girl for being “out of control,” the report alleges. Posey said that when she stood up and realized Dericka was unresponsive, she started CPR and called 911.

Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, 62 – listed in the police report as Dericka’s parents – were also arrested and charged with child neglect for allegedly failing to report the abuse. The parents allegedly called Posey to the house for help in disciplining Dericka. According to Grace Smith’s arrest report, Posey allegedly hit Dericka with a ruler and a metal pipe during the altercation.

In James Smith’s arrest report, he told police that Posey allegedly sat on Dericka in an armchair for “about 10 minutes.” Dericka “complained of being unable to breathe,” the report states. James Smith told deputies that Posey allegedly sat on Dericka for an additional two minutes before standing up.

Posey has been released from jail on $125,000 bond. Grace Smith was released on $75,000 bond. James Smith was still being held on $50,000 bond at press time.

Mike Carroll, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, said in a statement that the state’s child welfare system is familiar with the family — and vows to conduct an inquiry.

“Dericka’s death is appalling and DCF will continue coordinating with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her death accountable,” Carroll said in the statement. “As the family has a prior interaction with the child welfare system, a thorough quality assurance review will be conducted to review all prior interactions this family has had with the child welfare system.”


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19 thoughts on “Florida Girl Dies After 325-Pound Adult Sits On Her As Punishment

  1. Patricia Redding on said:

    Who ever heard of sitting on a child to punish them? Who let her out on bail? Who would want to be around her after killing that young girl? It’s not going to be so easy being in jail now, may God have mercy on you because you showed that little girl no mercy.

    • elisa griffith on said:

      All I can do is imagine what the poor baby went through and what she was thinking. I’m crying. Them no good & that family court system. They couldn’t look at them people and tell they’re mentally not fit. No different than the prison system.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Florida no doubt…most of the crazies of our country reside in FL.
    Poor lil girl…smh I know she’s 10 times better off now than living in that hell on earth. May her soul finally rests in peace.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    This is beyond horrible!! What a way to go; smothered underneath all of that big behind! And please tell me that that poor, unfortunate looking woman was not the child’s biological mother!! Sounds like this child was living in a nightmare for her short time she was on this earth. Just sad.

  4. Chastity on said:

    She knew her fat ass should not have been sitting on anyone, not to mention a 9 year old child. Lock all of their stupid asses up under the jail and throw away the key. Nothing but pure ignorance!!!

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