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Report: Child Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat On Her As Punishment

The life of 9-year-old Dericka Lindsay was tragically cut short, after her cousin–who apparently weighs in at more than 300 pounds–allegedly killed the young girl after sitting on her. SITTING ON HER.

The cousin, a Florida woman, was charged with homicide; 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey was arrested on October 14 after the incident. 

Apparently she opted to do this as a form of punishment for misbehavior, according to a report from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (per the Pensacola News Journal). 

Dericka was reportedly “out of control”, which led to…this whole horrific ordeal.

Veronica reportedly sat on Dericka for 10 minutes, during which she complained she couldn’t breathe. The 325 lbs. woman continued to sit on the girl for another two minutes after those complaints, the report revealed.

After Veronica stood up, Dericka was unresponsive. Veronica called 911 and then attempted CPR. 

Paramedics responding to the emergency call rushed the child to Baptist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 



Veronica was soon charged with homicide and cruelty towards a child. Two other adult relatives–Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, 62–were also arrested and charged with child neglect. The report names the two of them as the girl’s parents.


ABC News says that it was Grace who seemingly called Veronica over to her house to help discipline the young girl. Grace also told authorities that Veronica allegedly struck Dericka with a ruler and a metal pipe before allegedly administering the fatal punishment.

“Dericka’s death is appalling and [the Department of Children and Families] will continue coordinating with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her death accountable,” Mike Carroll, secretary of the state’s DCF, declared 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,” he added. 

Veronica was released from Escambia County jail on Oct. 16 on $125,000 bail. 



Both the Smiths remained in jail, as of October 16th.

Wow. So sad and just…heartbreaking. Such a young life lost.

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