Kristen Bury, a Florida woman sentenced to 25 years in prison for the part she played in the death of her 8-week-old boy last October was found dead in her jail cell Saturday, according to Bay News.
The medical examiner’s office is investigating the death of Kristen Bury, but early results indicate that she took her life inside the cell. Kristen was in a county jail instead of a state prison Saturday morning because she was scheduled in court for a matter unrelated to the murder.
The 33-year-old woman had watched her husband beat baby Chance repeatedly before killing him by stuffing a baby wipe down his throat. She had refused to turn her murderous husband to authorities, choosing to help him bury the infant’s body in a shallow grave in the woods.
Kristen Bury was arrested with the baby’s father last October, but took a plea deal to testify against the baby’s father, Joseph Walsh and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in January.
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Trial attorney, Joe Viacava revealed that justice for baby Chance would be difficult now that Kristen Bury was dead. Viacava said it could deal a terrible blow for the prosecution and the ultimate success of the trial.
“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.”
Viacava believes that Kristen Bury was already guilty from not protecting her son, and could not deal with testifying against her husband who was charged with first-degree murder and took her life as a way out.
“Her whole entire structure is gone. So it’s not unusual at all for somebody to feel that desperate that they have no way out.”
According to the Daily Mail, the search for Baby Chance began October 4, 2015, after Bury’s mother contacted police authorities saying that she had not set eyes on her 8-week grandson since September 9. She said Kristen and Joseph had told contradicting stories about the boy saying that he was given away and that he had died.
The drug addict pair were apprehended after being involved in a car accident, October 6. They were arrested on charges of child neglect, when Chance was not found with them. A search of their house revealed evidence of a body and blood spatter. The murderous couple revealed that the baby had died September 16.
A court affidavit revealed that Joseph Walsh had struck the 8-week old baby repeatedly as he argued with his wife, Kristen Bury. At a point, Kristen had told him, “You are going to break his [expletive] neck”. She never made an attempt to call 911. According to Walsh, she said she did not call 911 because she did not want to lose two people she loved in one day.
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Joseph Walsh eventually suffocated the baby to death when he rammed a baby wipe down his throat. The dead baby was left to decompose in his crib for over a week before Joseph wrapped him in garbage bags and left him in a closet.
About 8 days later, the pair buried Chance Walsh less than 13 miles from their home in Sarasota County, Florida. Kristen Bury led detectives to the wooded area, October 15th, where the 8-week old baby’s remains were discovered in a diaper.
Kristen Bury’s mother had testified in court against her daughter revealing that she had three children. The first, she traded for money, a car and apartment. The second one died two weeks after his birth from a kidney infection caused by a bungled circumcision.
The third was Walsh’s child from a previous relationship; Bury’s mother said Kristen treated the child badly because he was not hers. Bury’s mother said her daughter deserved a harsher sentence, blasting the plea deal as a miscarriage of justice.
“By watching him decompose, she showed a total disregard for life and that day that she helped bury him among garbage in the shallow grave of a homeless camp, with nothing more than a diaper, as if his life had no value…I hope she enjoys her new life.”
[Photo by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office/AP Images]