In a shocking incident of Florida, a nine-year-old girl died after a 150kg woman sat on the child as a punishment.
The woman, identified as Veronica Green Posey is aged 64. She was charged with cruelty towards the deceased Dericka Lindsay and was eventually arrested.
The paramedic reached the crime scene after a call was made for cardiac arrest on 1:35 pm. They found the girl unresponsive on reaching.
Dericka was immediately transported to the Baptist Hospital but was declared within minutes.
When investigated, Posey told the law enforcement authorities that she sat on the girl as a punishment ‘for being out of control.’ According to reports, Dericka notified the adults about her breathlessness, after which Posey stood up and tried to do a CPR on her. When Dericka turned unresponsive, a call was made to 911.
The other family members have had a history of child cruelty in the past, according to Mike Carroll, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, 62, faced charges of child neglect for falling short to act on abuse in Dericka’s case.
In a statement emailed to the News Journal, Carroll said: '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.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.'
Posey was eventually released after her bond of $125,000 was set at. While for Grace, a bond of $75,000 and $50,000 for James was set. They both are still at the Escambia County jail.
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