Mother of ‘Baby Chance’ sentenced to 25 years in prison


SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida woman accused of killing her 9-week-old son in a disturbing case that made headlines across the country will spend 25 years in prison for her role in the death of her son, Chance Walsh.

Kristen Bury pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge as part of a plea deal. She was in court Wednesday when a judge sentenced her to 25 years in prison. Bury will be required to testify against her husband Joseph Walsh as part of the deal.

PHOTOS: Baby Chance’s disappearance

Detectives say back in September, Joseph Walsh physically abused their 9-week old son by beating him, choking him and forcing a pacifier into his mouth.

Bury did not call 911 and did not seek help. The baby died from the abuse and was left in a crib to decompose. Detectives say Bury and Walsh buried the child in a shallow grave in a wooded area.

During Wednesday’s plea hearing, Bury sobbed as the judge announced the sentence. Bury said she suffers from bipolar disorder, borderline personality and depression.

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