Family Crimes

9-Year-Old Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sits On Her As Punishment 'For Being Out Of Control'

The girls' parents asked her to come over to "help" discipline her.

On Saturday, a child from Pensacola, Florida died after her 325-pound cousin allegedly sat on her as a form of punishment, according to Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Veronica Green Posey, 64, was charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child for the death of her 9-year-old relative, Dericka Lindsay. According to the arrest report, Posey called 911 and told the responding deputy she sat on Lindsay to punish her  "for being out of control." She weighs about 325 pounds.

The child told the adults in that room that she could not breathe, according to the report. When Posey got off the child, she found her unresponsive. She called 911 and started CPR. When first responders got on the scene, they transferred the child to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Pensacola News-Journal.

Lindsay’s parents have also been arrested in connection with her death. Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, 62, have been charged with child neglect for failing to report the abuse. The mother has been additionally charged with cruelty toward a child, WEAR-TV reports.

According to her arrest report, she allegedly called Posey to her house to help her discipline Lindsay. Grace Smith claimed Posey hit the child with both a ruler and a metal pipe, before sitting on Lindsay as she lie in an armchair for 10 minutes. After the child complained about being unable to breathe, Posey allegedly sat on her for an additional two minutes.

"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,"  Mike Carroll, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families said in a 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."

[Photo: Escambia County Jail]

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