Kristen Bury, 33, mom who beat her nine-week-old son to death and buried him in remote woods, committed suicide behind bars in Sarasota, Florida a year into a 25-year sentence for her part in the killing of 9-week-old baby, Chance Walsh
She was preparing to testify against her husband,Joseph Walsh, for his role in the murder their baby She pled no-contest to aggravated manslaughter in January, was due to testify against her husband, Joseph Walsh, accused of beating and suffocating Chance with a baby wipe
Walsh, 37, allegedly struck baby Chance repeatedly before stuffing his mouth with a wipe, he was second son lost to the longtime drug users, two-week-old Duane Walsh, died suddenly in April 2014 in unexplained
The couple were longtime drug users, another son, Duane Walsh, died suddenly in April 2014, aged just two weeks
In the past, Florida Department of Children and Families had removed seven children from the custody of Joseph Walsh
Kristen Bury’s death, a key witness could jeopardize chances of getting a conviction against Walsh
Kristen Bury hiding from the cameras behind her long blond hair after her arrest in October 2015, for the murder of her 9-week-old son
Joseph Walsh (right) allegedly beat his infant son to death. He is yet to face trial in Chance’s death. Bury (left) took her own life before she could testify against Walsh
The medical examiner’s office and county sheriff’s office are both investigating the death.
Bury was arrested last October along with Joseph after the couple’s seven-week-old son was found buried in the woods near North Port. Walsh and Bury were arrested in South Carolina after getting into a car crash, Chance wasn’t in the car, but his grandmother Sally Susino called police saying she feared for the boy’s well-being, after the couple told conflicting stories to family members regarding the boy’s whereabouts.
Police say Walsh suffocated the boy by stuffing a baby wipe in his mouth before the pair hid the body in nearby woods.
Deputies say the baby’s father, Joseph Walsh, beat Chance and suffocated him by stuffing a baby wipe in the infant’s mouth. A month later, the remains of baby Chance Walsh was were found in a shallow grave in October, he had been buried just wearing his diaper.
Career Criminal Walsh is yet to stand trial for the 2015 murder of his infant son. Florida Department of Children and Families Services had removed 7 children from his custody in the past. An earlier child with Bury had died under mysterious circumstances, in 2014 at two-weeks of age. Who dropped the ball here?
During her trail Kristen Bury testified that Chance died on Sept. 16 after he was allegedly struck repeatedly by Walsh. She said they were fighting the morning and her husband hit the child as she yelled “you are going to break his fucking neck,” after he had threatened he was going to bash the baby’s head into the ground. She claimed she did not call authorities because she did not want to lose both of the people she loves in the same day. She also admitted that neither couple made any attempt to seek medical assistance after Chance was beaten.
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However the death of her infant son on Sept. 21, Bury posted a picture of the baby on Facebook that made it appear as if he’s still alive. She posted a message to her husband, on the same day “No matter what life brings, good or bad, know that I will always love you with all of my heart. Joseph Walsh.”
In the wake of the discoveries, Bury took a plea deal.After she pled no contest to charges of aggravated manslaughter. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison, in January, for her role in the murder of her infant son.
Her husband, Joseph Walsh, is yet to face trial in the death o their son, Chance. The errant mother was expected to testify as part of a deal with prosecutor’s office .
In a statement, Lt. Joe Giasone said the initial investigation ‘indicates a suicide.’ An autopsy is planned.
‘Killer mom’, Kristen Bury committed suicide behind bars at the Sarasota County Jail, Saturday
Although the remains of the youngster buried in a shallow grave last October , and the fact that he was beaten to death established, there are fears that the death of the only eye witness to the event could make it an uphill task obtaining justice for baby Chance.
‘This could turn into a dismissal of the case for all we know,’ he said. According to criminal trial attorney Joe Viacava, ‘This could turn into a dismissal of the case for all we know,’ he said.
‘Having the one person that was there with no other real significant evidence, other than some minor forensic evidence, and as well as no eye witnesses testimony – she was critical to the case.
‘If she becomes the linchpin to their case and she’s no longer there to testify, that could be the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.’
Joseph Walsh (left) and Kristen Bury (right) had lost a two-week-old son in 2014, under unexplained circumstance
For the baby’s grandmother Sally Susino who filed the initial report on the missing infant,
her grandson has not found justice. She had said she wasn’t happy with the deal, her daughter got for willfully participating n the demise of her own child
She told local media at the time: ‘I can’t say that I’m pleased with today’s outcome.
‘Understand I will always love my daughter. She was my flesh and blood, as Chance was to her.
‘And fortunately I do have the mother instinct, so this is extremely difficult, but justice needs to be done and we don’t feel the sentence was strong enough.
‘Mothers are supposed to protect their child at all cost and that wasn’t done.’
She chose not to comment after hearing news of daughter’s suicide, in just one year into the 25 year sentence.
Records indicate that Chance is not the first child the couple, who are longtime drug users, had lost. Another son, Duane Walsh, died suddenly in April 2014 when he was just two weeks old.
Joseph Walsh is a career criminal with an extensive criminal record, according to the Sarasota County Clerk’s records. The Florida Department of Children and Families Services also said they have removed seven children from his custody,.