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Deputies searching for 9-week-old North Port boy
3:56 PM, Oct 7, 2015 Updated 4:35 AM, Oct 8, 2015
Sarasota County deputies are searching for a 9-week-old boy missing from North Port and are trying to determine what his parents may have done before they left Florida recently.
Chance Walsh’s family contacted law enforcement Sunday to report he hadn’t been seen since Sept. 9, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
His parents, Kristen Bury and Joseph Walsh, are longtime drug users, deputies said, and family hadn’t been able to check on his well being as a result.
Sarasota sheriff seeks help finding missing 9-week-old baby
Published: October 7, 2015, 3:46 pm Updated: October 8, 2015, 4:16 pm
At this time, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged Chance Walsh’s parents, Joseph Walsh and Kristen Bury, with child neglect. They are each being held on $150,000 bond in Jasper County, SC, awaiting extradition to the Sarasota County Jail. A Sarasota County detective traveled to South Carolina to interview the parents.
Arrest paperwork indicates cadaver dogs found evidence of human remains at the couple’s home in North Port. There was also blood in various places in the home. The arrest paperwork also quotes Bury as saying she despised Chance because he wasn’t her other son, who had died.
North Port couple charged after baby goes missing
Posted:Oct 07 2015 03:57PM EDT Updated Updated:Oct 07 2015 10:20PM EDT
Detectives confirmed with their colleagues in South Carolina that there was no baby in the couple's vehicle at the time of the crash and no room for a car seat. They also confirmed with Georgia law enforcement that the couple stayed at an Augusta hotel but there was no baby with them.
A woman staying at the hotel reported that Kristen tried to sell baby clothes to her and that Kristen told her the baby had died three weeks earlier
9-week-old missing; jailed parents offer different stories
10 News Staff, WTSP 11:14 a.m. EDT October 8, 2015
Records show a cadaver dog alerted to the smell of possible human remains at the family's North Port apartment.
Crime scene techs found blood on the bed, and the walls, door, mirror and light in the bathroom.
Walsh affadavit: http://archive.wtsp.com/assetpool/do...41%20Walsh.pdf
Bury affadavit: http://archive.wtsp.com/assetpool/do...741%20Bury.pdf
Discussion threads: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/tag...g=chance+walsh
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Assistance Needed in Case of Missing Baby
News Release #: 15-221
October 7, 2015
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of a baby boy from North Port and is asking the public for information on his parents' activities before they left the state.
On October 4, the maternal grandmother of nine-week-old Chance Walsh contacted the sheriff's office concerned that she had not seen him since September 9. She and the boy's paternal grandmother made a number of unsuccessful attempts to check on Chance's welfare because his parents, Kristen Bury and Joseph Walsh, are longtime drug users. The family contacted law enforcement after the pair told them they were in a vehicle crash in South Carolina, but told relatives several different stories including that the child was unharmed, that he died in the crash and that they gave him to a woman at a hotel in Georgia.
Detectives confirmed with South Carolina law enforcement that there was no baby in the vehicle at the time of the crash and no room for a car seat. They also confirmed with Georgia law enforcement that the couple stayed at an Augusta hotel but there was no baby with them. A woman staying at the hotel reported that Kristen tried to sell baby clothes to her and that Kristen told her the baby had died three weeks earlier.
At this time the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has charged Joseph Walsh and Kristen Bury with Child Neglect. They are each being held on $150,000 bond in Jasper County, SC, awaiting extradition to the Sarasota County Jail.
In addition to working with the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is issuing a bulletin seeking information on Chance or his parents to assist with this investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4074 or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County, 941.366.TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.
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North Port baby missing, parents charged for child neglect
Posted: Oct 07, 2015 5:44 PM CST Updated: Oct 08, 2015 12:45 PM CST
Deputies said Kristin had another baby who died a year ago named Duane. Her arrest report said she told her mother she could not take care of Chance because she despised him, and he was not Duane.
NBC2 also spoke with a high school classmate of Kristen's. She said the house Kristen and Joseph lived in burned down two weeks before Chance was born.
The community rallied together to help them find housing and get baby clothes.
Florida infant missing as drug user parents keep changing their story: police
October 8, 2015, 5:02 AM
On Saturday, though, she called her father from Hardeeville, S.C., to ask him for money after the crash. She told him the parents slept in nearby woods with the baby after the crash and that Chance was fine. Yet Walsh said the baby boy had died in the collision the very next day, according to the affidavit.
Police asking public for information on missing 9-week-old's parents
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:16 am
Here's what we know so far (all information here was taken from the probable Cause Affidavit released by the Sheriff's Department):
Bullet point list at link.
Grandparents, deputies beg for information on missing baby
Oct 08 2015 12:11PM ED
NORTH PORT (FOX 13) - The grandmothers of a nine-week-old missing boy could not fight back tears as they read a prepared statement, during which they pleaded for their son and daughter to come forward with information about their son, Chance Walsh
Florida Mom Whose 9-Week-Old Baby Has Been Missing for a Month Was a 'Little Off,' Friend Tells
updated 10/11/2015 AT 03:25 PM EDT
•originally published 10/08/2015 AT 06:10 PM EDT
For their part, Bury and Walsh – who have a history of drug use, according to police – aren't cooperating with authorities and have allegedly showed no interest in the whereabouts of their young son, police said.
In retrospect, the friend says, Bury and Walsh's most recent Facebook posts seem to suggest they knew that they would be apprehended by authorities.
"No matter what life brings, good or bad, know that I will always love you with all of my heart," Bury wrote on Sept. 21. "I will always love you as well," Walsh replied.
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Family pleads for help finding 9-week-old North Port baby
Published: October 8, 2015, 4:51 am Updated: October 8, 2015, 11:07 pm
John Tapp lived across the street from the couple. “Things were kind of peculiar from the start after the child was born, I noticed,” Tapp said.
He said the family first moved into the neighborhood about four months ago. Both parents are known drug users, and law enforcement confirmed drug-related arrests. Tapp said the parents would take Chance on walks in the middle of the night. Also strange people often came over to visit, he said.
“People coming at odd hours with a newborn in the house, that’s another sign that there’s something that ain’t right,” Tapp added.
Grandparents of missing North Port baby beg for help
October 8, 2015
The couple were “long-time drug users,” which heightened concerns for the baby’s safety, the report said. Relatives contacted the sheriff’s office after learning the couple was involved in a vehicle wreck in South Carolina on Oct. 2.
The wreck occurred on Interstate 95 North in Hardeeville, S.C., between 9-10 a.m., according to Hardeeville police. The department did not release any further information.
The couple’s two-door vehicle was turned in the opposite direction of traffic and had significant front-end damage, according to a WINK News reporter who happened to drive by the wreck. No other involved vehicles were seen in the area.
Bury told her father about the crash the next day, then asked him for money.
Former neighbor provides damning details about parents of missing baby Chance Walsh
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015 1:27 pm
As the search continues, a former neighbor of Bury and Walsh is speaking out about her relationship with the couple. Theresa Haynes lived a few doors down from Bury and Walsh on Lullaby Road in Warm Mineral Springs, and she says she took the couple in after the loss of their first baby, Duane, in April of 2014.
Haynes says she soon found out about Bury and Walsh’s violent tendencies and drug use -- leaving her in fear of her own life.
Alligator examined as search for missing North Port baby continues
Published: October 9, 2015, 5:46 pm Updated: October 10, 2015, 8:11 am
Officials were searching behind the parents’ house when they called in FWC officers and asked them to pull the gator out, WBBH reported. They wanted “to eliminate the possibility” that the gator ate the child, according to FWC.
FWC officers said they euthanized the alligator to check the contents of its stomach.
The investigation continues.
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#WhereIsChance: Timeline of North Port baby's disappearance
Posted: Oct 12, 2015 11:12 AM CST Updated: Oct 12, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Family friend: Kristen Bury did not want Chance anymore
October 12, 2015
NORTH PORT, Fla.- A former roommate and friend of Kristen Bury and Joseph Walsh says she was one of the last people to see the couple before they rushed out of town.
Diane Wood says she knew something was wrong and questioned why they were so desperate to leave the state but because she did not have proof, she didn’t contact authorities.
“They told me they were going on a 10-day trip. They wanted to move out of Florida. They were looking for a new place to live so they were just going to drive around and see what interested them and see if they would like to live there and then they would come back. So when I heard about Chance [missing] I was just hoping they had left him with a family member,” said Wood.
Memorial grows for 9-week-old Chance Walsh
October 13, 2015
NORTH PORT, Fla. – A memorial is growing for missing 9-week-old Chance Walsh as investigators continue to search for answers in his disappearance.
The baby’s parents, Kristen Bury and Joseph Walsh, remain in jail in South Carolina facing child neglect charges.
Tuesday morning, Chance’s grandparents were carting away the baby’s belongings from his North Port home. The landlord says, he wants everything out of the home.
Search for 9-month-old Florida boy continues
WJTV Staff Published: October 15, 2015, 2:27 pm
Officials say on Wednesday, detectives arrived to an area near Wylam Drive and English Circle and have been on scene ever since. Eagle 8 HD saw numerous deputies and forensic teams exploring the area.
Sheriff’s office spokesperson Wendy Rose said, “There is no new information. This is just another step in our investigation to explore all leads in this case.”
Rose said there hasn’t been anything found at this time and it’s unclear how long detectives plan to be at the site.
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Infant's body found in wooded area believed to be Baby Chance
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 10:56 AM CST Updated: Oct 15, 2015 10:53 PM CST
NORTH PORT, FL -Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said the body of an infant believed to be missing 11-week-old Chance Walsh was recovered Thursday in North Port.
"We have been investigating his disappearance since Sunday, Oct. 4," he said. "Many people have worked tirelessly with the hope of bringing Chance home alive. This multi-state investigation included federal authorities and our counterpart in South Carolina and Georgia."
Knight said the sheriff's office received information directing them to a location on Elliot Court.
"We received information recently directing us to this property here in North Port, about the possibility of a child being buried here," he said. "We have confirmed our worst fears. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chance’s grandparents and other family members at this time.
Community asks for justice for Chance Walsh
October 16, 2015
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday the body of an infant believed to be Chance was found in a remote, wooded area near English Circle and Elliot Court. Medical examiners are now working to find out exactly how Chance died.
Deputies began investigating around 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a tip. The dense, wooded area is about 13 miles from Chance’s home and has no houses nearby.
The baby’s family released a statement to WINK News saying:
We would like to thank everyone. The sheriff’s department, the FBI and the people of North Port that work so hard to find baby Chance. The family is heartbroken.
Sheriff: Body of infant believed to be Chance Walsh
Many embedded tweets and photos from press conference at this link.
10-20-2015, 01:12 AM #7
Mother of Baby Chance faces homicide charge; Now in Sarasota Co. jail
By Adam Wright • October 16, 2015
SARASOTA, Fla. – The mother of Chance Walsh arrived at the Sarasota County Jail late Friday night and, according to the jail website, now faces a homicide charge.
Kristen Bury, 32, exited an unmarked transport van in handcuffs around 10:45pm. She was brought to Sarasota from South Carolina.
Chance’s father, Joseph Walsh, 36, also faces child neglect charges. He is currently in jail in South Carolina awaiting extradition.
Detectives: Baby Chance’s mother led them to body; charged with murder
By Carolyn Brewster • October 17, 2015
SARASOTA, Fla.- Kristen Bury, the mother of Chance Walsh, faced a Sarasota County judge Saturday morning and is now charged with first degree murder in the death of her infant son.
Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office say Bury led them to Chance’s body.
A probable cause affidavit for Bury’s arrest reveals Bury and Walsh told detectives Chance died in the morning hours of September 16 at their home on Orduna Drive.
The affidavit goes on to say the two told detectives they left to Florida to “start a new life somewhere else.”
Affidavit: Bury used hands, fist or feet in Baby Chance killing
5:14 p.m. EDT October 19, 2015
A probable cause affidavit released by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says Chance Walsh died Sept. 16. In the portion describing what weapons were used, the detective selected "hands/fist/feet."
Probable Cause Affadivit
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10-20-2015, 01:23 AM #8
Kristen Bury makes first appearance in Sarasota Co. courtroom
10 News Staff, WTSP 12:41 p.m. EDT October 17, 2015
The 32-year-old mother from North Port, Fla. faces 1st Degree Felony Murder and one count of Child Neglect charges in the disappearance of her 9-week-old son, who was last seen alive on September 9, WINK News reported.
She is currently being held on $150,000 bond for the child neglect charge and no bond for the murder charge.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the body of an infant was found in a wooded area near English Circle and Elliot Court in North Port, 13 miles away from the family's home.
Kristen Bury charged with murder in death of infant son
Posted: Oct 16, 2015 9:45 PM CST - Updated: Oct 17, 2015 7:06 PM CST
Bury told them Thursday they would find Chance's body in a gravesite near Elliot Court in North Port, about 12 miles from his home.
The gravesite was excavated that same day and a fragment of a blue surgical-type glove was found, as well as an infant's body wearing only a diaper.
A woman who didn't want to share her identity told ABC7 Saturday outside the courthouse that she met Bury about a year ago when Bury was pregnant with Chance.
"Part of me wishes I could have five minutes with her so I could her a piece of my mind," the woman said.
She said she was appalled by the story and she wants to know why Bury and Walsh did not ask for help...
"I've never been so horrified to know two people like that in my entire life. I don't understand how anybody could do that to a child."
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10-20-2015, 10:52 PM #9
Chance Walsh was nine-weeks-old
Police: Mother of murdered Florida baby did not prevent abuse
By Crimesider Staff CBS News October 20, 2015, 4:36 PM
NORTH PORT, Fla. -- The mother of a Florida baby believed dead didn't intervene as the child's father repeatedly struck him, according to police.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Bury told investigators that the infant had died Sept. 16 at their North Port home. That morning, she said, she and Walsh got into an argument. Walsh, she said, began repeatedly hitting the child, at one point telling her he was going to bash the child's head into the ground, according to the affidavit.
According to the document, Bury told Walsh, "You are going to break his f***ing neck." However, police say the woman didn't call 911 or attempt to prevent Walsh from hurting the boy.
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Father of baby Chance accused of beating son to death
By Michael Scott Davidson
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. - Last Modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.
SARASOTA COUNTY - Joseph Walsh is suspected of beating his infant son Chance to death before leaving him in his crib to decompose, according to the 36-year-old's arrest report released by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office this afternoon.
Authorities extradited Walsh from the Jasper County Detention Center in South Carolina to the Sarasota County Jail at about noon today, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Detectives charged Walsh with first degree murder in addition to the child neglect charge he already faced.
“Joseph said during his interview that Kristen told him she did not want them to call 911 because she did not want to lose both people she loves in the same day,” the arrest report states.
The couple placed Chance's body into his crib and left him to decompose, according to the report.
When the stench became overwhelming, Walsh wrapped the infant in garbage bags and placed his reminds in a bedroom closet, according to the report.
10-21-2015, 03:36 PM #12
Father of Chance Walsh waives first appearance
2:37 PM, Oct 21, 2015
SARASOTA, Fla. - Joseph Walsh was not in court today for his first appearance. His hearing was scheduled for 1 pm Wednesday. He waived his first appearance and was appointed an attorney.
Report: More details about how baby Chance Walsh died
By Michael Scott Davidson
Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.
As reported Tuesday, Bury allegedly told investigators that she and Walsh got into an argument that morning, and that Walsh began hitting Chance.
Bury said Walsh then pressed a pacifier into his 7-week-old son's mouth until the infant began bleeding, according to the unredacted arrest report.
Walsh then allegedly took Chance into a bathroom, the arrest report states. He came out a short time later and told Bury that there was a diaper wipe in Chance's throat.
“Kristen Bury noted that Chance was turning blue when he was brought out of the bathroom,” the arrest report states.
“Attempts to remove the diaper wipe were done, and after extreme measures, the wipe was removed by Kristen. Kristen stated that when removing the diaper wipe from within Chance's throat, trauma to Chance's mouth occurred.”
The arrest report states that Chance was then laid to bed. When Bury tried to feed Chance formula hours later, she saw he was gasping for air.
Chance died a short time later, the arrest report states.
Document details last minutes of baby Chance’s life
WFLA Web Staff
Published: October 22, 2015, 3:28 pm Updated: October 22, 2015, 3:37 pm
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — A North Port man accused in the disturbing murder of his 9-week-old son pleaded not guilty to the crime on Thursday. Joseph Walsh 36, and Kristen Bury 32, are charged with the murder of their son, Chance Walsh.
Joseph Walsh’s public defender Jerome Meisner filed a plea of not guilty for his client Thursday in Sarasota. Walsh also wants a jury trial and participation in the discovery process.
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10-21-2015, 03:56 PM #13
Who Failed Chance: Death raises questions for DCF
Jennifer Titus, WTSP 1:59 p.m. EDT October 21, 2015
According to new documents from the department, Chance's parents were no strangers to them. In one report from this past July, a caseworker received a call that the mother, Kristen Bury -- who has also been charged with Chance's death -- may be on drugs. It was determined that there wasn't enough information in the call to warrant a caseworker going out to the home. DCF said the caller did not appear to have first-hand knowledge that they could use, and Chance was still in the hospital at the time. DCF says the hospital did not report any concerns at the time.
Chance's parents had many prior involvements with DCF.
In an incident report released after Chance's death, it showed Bury had two prior instances in 2002 and 2003, and Walsh, 35, has had seven children between 2003-2008 removed from his care and his parental rights were terminated.
Incident Report #2015-PDFS-55258
Intake Report 2015-201265-01
10-30-2015, 04:55 PM #14
DCF employee reassigned over Chance Walsh call
8:10 AM, Oct 28, 2015
A Department of Children and Families employee is no longer working the Child Abuse Hotline, after officials say she failed to pursue a tip involving two month old Baby Chance Walsh, who was found dead in Sarasota County two weeks ago.
DCF Boss: 'System Failure' In Latest Child Deaths
By Margie Menzel - News Service of Florida Oct 26, 2015
As to the death of Chance Walsh, Carroll said, a call to a hotline warning of danger to the boy met the protocol to be accepted for investigation, but the hotline counselor thought it was hearsay.
"She didn't make the right call that day," he said. "Unfortunately, in our work, when you don't make the right call on any day, it can have tragic consequences."
The counselor had a criminal-justice degree and a year's experience, Carroll said. "We looked at her previous work history and she was doing a good job. …We've moved her to another part of the agency that doesn't involve child welfare," he said.
DCF secretary addresses deaths of Janiya, Chance
Jennifer Titus, WTSP
6:09 p.m. EDT October 28, 2015
The deaths of 2 Bay area children are front and center of many people's minds after documents released show the long history both families had with the state Department of Children and Families.
Reporter: How is it we have the cases like Janiya like Chance where they have one kid taken away and others stay. Is that another mistake in the system?
"That's normally not what happens if one child is deemed unsafe so are the rest," says Carroll.
Children's Agency Dismissed Complaint About Baby Chance's Mom; Dad Had 7 Children Previously Removed from His Care: Records
By Tara Fowler
10/22/2015 AT 11:25 AM EDT
A day after Chance was born, someone called DCF's hotline to report that his mother, Kristen Bury, "may be using opiates," the records state. But DCF workers "screened out" the call, or chose not to investigate it further, despite the fact that both parents had a history of involvement with the DCF.
In a statement, DCF tells PEOPLE: "At the time of the hotline call, Chance was in the hospital in the days immediately following his birth and the caller did not have firsthand knowledge of the allegation. Medical staff did not report any concerns of abuse or neglect to the department.
"As previously stated, DCF is conducting an internal quality assurance review regarding all interactions with the family to determine if any other actions could have been taken to prevent this tragedy."
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Father's latest court appearance prolongs Baby Chance saga
Posted: Feb 16, 2016 10:08 AM CST Updated: Feb 16, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Walsh entered the courtroom in chains and did not speak. His attorneys waived his right to a speedy trial, which disappointed those who'd hoped the case would be completed quickly.
Chance's mother, Kristen Bury, accepted a plea deal in which she received a 25-year prison sentence in exchange for agreeing to testify against Walsh when he comes to trial.
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