A woman in Florida was sentenced to life in prison for sitting on her 9-year-old cousin, smothering her, and killing her as a form of punishment. The woman, 66-year-old Veronica Green Posey, faced the jury and was found guilty of first-degree felony murder, as stated by the Pensacola News Journal.
Sitting on the child was not all she did. She had allegedly abused the child many times before smothering her. Dericka was abused by her adoptive parents as well. Fox 5 DC reports that "Prosecutors say Dericka Lindsay had suffered horrific beatings from Posey, and Lindsay's adoptive parents, James and Grace Smith. Officials say Posey sat on Dericka for more than five minutes in October 2017, causing the girl to die from lack of oxygen."
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The attorney for Posey, who weighs about 320-pounds, claimed that the woman did not intentionally hurt Dericka and was only trying to help them.
Fox 5 DC continued, stating that "James Smith was previously sentenced to 10 years for his role in Dericka's death. Grace Smith still faces charges but is currently mentally and physically unfit to stand trial."
Needless to say, something needs to be done about the adoption and foster system. We need to make sure the best people are taking care of our kids.