Girl, 9, died when mum ordered 23 stone niece to sit on her as punishment

THE elderly adopted mum of a girl crushed to death for ‘being naughty’ has been jailed for 20 years.

Grotesque Grace Smith, 71, asked her 23-stone niece to sit on her nine-year-old adopted daughter Dericka’s back as punishment for “acting up”.

The young girl – just over 3 feet tall and weighing a little over 5 stone – was sat upon for around 10 minutes as she was bent face down on a chair.

She died from a lack of oxygen in Pensacola, Florida.

A horrified doctor said her injuries were the worst the medic had seen in over 20 years.

The 71-year-old has been locked up after being convicted of the aggravated manslaughter and abuse of a child

Her niece, Veronica Posey, 66, was jailed for life in March for first degree murder.

And a third member of the twisted family – Smith’s husband James, 65, – is already serving 10 years for his role in Dericka’s death.

An autopsy on the girl showed she had also been severely beaten on the day or days before she died in October of 2017.

Bruising found on Dericka’s bottom was described by the medical examiner as “injury, on top of injury, on top of injury.”

Smith, who admitted hitting her, rang Posey asking her to discipline Dericka for “acting up” with her eight-year-old sister.

Posey took a ruler and a thin pipe to give it “weight” and helped Grace Smith whip Dericka, said prosecutor Amy Shea.

The girl was then forced to kneel down in front of an armchair and lean her body forward across the seat so her head was face down on the cushion.

Posey then sat on Dericka’s back and she died because she could not breathe.

Dericka was said to have screamed twice that she could not breathe and Posey rang 911 after getting up.
Smith’s husband admitted later he did nothing to intervene and went on to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter.

Last week, a Ukrainian father was arrested on suspicion of roasting his five-year-old daughter in a kitchen oven after she died when he violently pushed her.