Florida Mom Charged with Murder After Missing 9-Week-Old Son Was Found Buried in a Shallow Grave

Chance Walsh was last seen alive on Sept. 9


Kristen Bury, whose 9-week-old son Chance Walsh went missing in September, has been charged with first-degree murder, PEOPLE confirms.

Chance’s body was found buried in a wooded area last week near the North Port, Florida, home Bury shares with the baby boy’s father, Joseph Walsh.

Bury, 32, was extradited on Friday from South Carolina, where she was being held. She made her first court appearance in Sarasota County on Saturday morning. Walsh, 36, will also be charged with first-degree murder once he is extradited from South Carolina, authorities confirm to PEOPLE.

Bury and Walsh told police that Chance died on Sept. 16 at the couple’s home, according to a probable cause affidavit. The affidavit did not say how the baby boy died, but his body was found “covered only with a diaper.” A fragment of blue surgical glove “resembling that of the gloves worn by” Walsh was also found at the gravesite, the affidavit states.

Police were first alerted that Chance was missing after his grandmother, Sally Susino, called authorities to report that she hadn’t seen him in a nearly a month. She also said that Bury and Walsh had allegedly told relatives contradictory stories to explain his absence – “including that the child was unharmed, that he died in [a car] crash and that they gave him to a woman at a hotel in Georgia,” police said.

The parents were then taken into custody in South Carolina earlier this month and charged with child neglect while police searched for their missing infant son back in Florida. They allegedly showed no interest in the whereabouts of their boy, police said at the time.

Susino publicly pleaded with her daughter and Walsh to tell authorities what happened to their child. “We are hoping Kristen and Joseph, who were apprehended by the FBI and are in custody, will do what’s right and tell us where Chance is,” Susino said.

A search of the couple’s home turned up bloodstains and evidence of blood splatter on the walls, cops said. Cadaver dogs also indicated the presence of possible human remains, according to an arrest report.

Ultimately, Chance’s body was found buried in shallow grave near the Florida home. His cause of death has not yet been released.

This is not the first time a child of Bury and Walsh’s has died. The parents lost another son, Duane, in 2014. Duane was just 2 weeks old when he allegedly died of a kidney infection that resulted from a botched circumcision, a family friend told PEOPLE earlier this month. Authorities have not said whether they plan to reopen the investigation into that child’s death.

Bury allegedly told her stepmother that she “despised” Chance whenever she would look at him because he was not Duane and said it was “better that he was not around because she would have hurt him,” according to court documents

Bury has not yet entered a plea to the charges against her.

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