In an effort to punish a 9-year-old girl for acting "out of control," 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey sat on her until she died.
The Florida woman who weighs 325 pounds was charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child after she killed her cousin Dericka Lindsay in an attempt to discipline her. According to Posey, Grace Joan Smith and James Edmund Smith (who are listed as Lindsay's parents), called her to help them punish the girl.
Posey, who is listed as the Smith's niece, struck Lindsay with a ruler and a metal pipe before the young girl was able to run to an armchair.
She then sat on the small girl in the armchair for nearly 10 minutes. Then Lindsay said she couldn't breathe.
James Smith told police Posey continued to sit on the girl for another two minutes, and when she finally stood up, Lindsay was unresponsive.
Posey attempted CPR on the child and called 911, but it was too late. The child was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
According to Mike Carroll, the secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Smiths have a history with the child welfare system. "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," he said.
"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 continued.
Grace Smith and James Smith were both charged with child neglect for failing to act on abuse, and Grace Smith was charged with cruelty toward a child.
Posey's bond was set at $125,000 and she's since been released. As of Monday, both Grace and James Smith were still in jail.
Punishment doesn't change a child's behaviour as we've been taught to believe. It makes it worse. How about listening to your child....Ask them to explain why they did the things they do and coming together for a solution without reaching out for the cane.Your children should feel safe in their own home instead of been terrified....And to the dads whose kids fled the scence once you got home, Shame on you !!!