Dad Who Stuffed Baby Wipe Down 10-Week-Old Chance's Throat Sentenced To 75 Years

Baby Chance's body was left in his crib for about a week before being wrapped up in garbage bags and buried by the father. Chance's mother was sentenced to 25 years.  

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The case of baby Chance has come to an end. His father, Joseph Walsh, took a plea deal in which he was sentenced to 75 years in jail for the child's death. As NBC-2 shares, Walsh faced first-degree murder charges and pled no contest to second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in Sarasota County court.

He was sentenced to 45 years for the murder charge and 30 years for abuse. 

10-week-old Chance was initially reported missing in September, 2015. His parents, Walsh and Kristen Bury, were arrested. Investigators found drugs at the family's home and at one point, even examined an alligator thinking it had consumed Chance.

Bury told investigators the baby "was not acting right," but she didn't call 911. She said the baby died on Sept. 17. The day before, it was reported that Walsh put a baby wipe down Chance's throat and attempted to remove it with nose pliers. He cut the baby's tongue and pried open his jaw – causing further injury. The body was left in his crib for about a week, per the mother. Then, they wrapped him in garbage bags and put in a laundry basket into a closet. She claimed that Chance was buried on Sept. 24 by Walsh while she was the lookout.

Chance was found by authorities, with help from Bury, in a wooded area in North Port on Oct. 15. His autopsy showed a broken jaw and a fractured rib and a cracked sternum from blunt-force trauma. 

Chance's mother took a plea deal and was sentenced to 25 years. As part of her plea, she testified against Walsh.

[Photo: NBC-2]



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