Woman accused of sitting on girl indicted on murder charge

Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 6:37 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press

November 7, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A 325-pound woman accused of killing a 9-year-old girl by sitting on the child as punishment has been charged with first-degree murder, carrying a mandatory life sentence if she's convicted.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that a grand jury indicted 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey on Tuesday. She's also charged with aggravated child abuse.

Authorities say Posey told deputies and paramedics responding to a 911 call from the family's home Pensacola that she sat on her cousin, Dericka Lindsay, because the girl had been out of control. Deputies said the girl told Posey and her adoptive parents during the punishment that she couldn't breathe.

The parents face neglect charges. Posey is free on $125,000 bail. Jail records don't list an attorney.

By: Associated Press

October 17, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a 325-pound woman has been charged with killing a girl after sitting on the child as punishment.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey was arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child.

Paramedics and deputies responded to the family's home following a 911 call on Saturday.

Posey told deputies she was sitting on 9-year-old Dericka Lindsay because the girl was out of control. During the punishment, Dericka told Posey and two other adults later identified as her parents that she couldn't breathe. When Posey got up, Dericka wasn't breathing.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office identified Posey as the girl's cousin.

Posey was released Monday on $125,000 bail. The parents face neglect charges.