Girl dies after 325-pound woman sat on her for punishment

A child died in Florida after her 325 pound cousin sat on her for over 10 minutes as a form of punishment. 

USA Today reports 64-year-old, Veronica Green Posey, has been charged with homicide and cruelty towards a child.

The crime occurred on the 300 block of Bryant Road in Pensacola, Florida at the home of Grace Joan Smith and James Edmund Smith, the child’s parents. 

They had apparently called Posey over to help discipline the child. An arrest report states that Posey allegedly sat on Smith's daughter for 10 minutes before she said she couldn’t breathe. 

After which Posey continued to sit on her for another two minutes before standing up and finding the child unresponsive. 

The Florida Department of Children and Families said the family had previous interaction with the state’s child welfare system and said “...a thorough quality assurance review will be conducted.”

As of Monday, both James and Grace Smith remain in jail while Posey’s bond was set at $125,000 and was released. 

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