In another one of those stories that show that truth is stranger than fiction, a Florida woman has been arrested for murdering her nine-year-old cousin by sitting on her.
The death occurred when 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey – who is morbidly obese – was in the process of disciplining 9-year-old Dericka Lindsay and decided that it would be a good idea to park her big fat ass on the child.
She also reportedly struck the kid with a ruler and a metal pipe before trapping her in an armchair where Dericka had fled.
Unfortunately for Posey, the punishment was TOO effective and crushed the life out of the young girl.
Pensacola child dies after 325-pound adult sat on her as punishment https://t.co/hhc2MMjjcf
— Pensacola Daily News (@PensacolaDaily) October 16, 2017
Via the Pensacola News Journal “Pensacola child dies after 325-pound adult sat on her as punishment”:
A 9-year-old Pensacola child died Saturday after her 325-pound cousin allegedly sat on her as punishment for misbehavior, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report.
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.
Based on the arrest report, Posey told the responding deputy she sat on Dericka as a discipline “for being out of control.” During the course of the punishment, the report states Dericka told the adults she could not breathe. After standing up and discovering the child was unresponsive, Posey called 911 and started CPR.
The report later states Posey informed the deputy she weighed about 325 pounds.
Additionally, Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, 62, were arrested and charged with child neglect for failing to report the abuse. Grace Smith has also been charged with cruelty toward a child. The report named the Smiths as the parents of Dericka and Posey as the Smiths’ niece.
According to Grace Smith’s arrest report, she called Posey to her house for assistance with disciplining Dericka. Grace Smith told the deputy Posey struck Dericka with a ruler and a metal pipe, before Dericka ran to an armchair.
In James Smith’s arrest report, he told the deputy Posey sat on Dericka in the armchair for an estimated 10 minutes before Dericka complained of not being able to breathe. He told the deputy Posey continued to sit on the child for another two minutes before standing up and finding the child unresponsive.
While the murder of the child wasn’t intentional, it will still spell trouble for the woman responsible who may end up facing jail time for her failure to respond to the victim’s pleas.
I suppose that you could say that the victim was killed by crack, 325 pounds of it.