Father who suffocated infant with baby wipe sentenced to 45 years behind bars
A Florida father who murdered his 9-week-old infant son in October 2015 was sentenced to 45 years behind bars on Tuesday.
Joseph Walsh, 36, was found guilty on charges of first-degree murder and child neglect by a Sarasota County judge on May 2 in connection with the death of his son, baby Chance.
According to the Bradenton Herald, Walsh brutally beat the 9 week old and shoved a baby wipe down his throat, causing the child to suffocate to death.
Photo: Sarasota Sheriff
Walsh and his wife, Kristen Bury, allegedly let the infant's body rot in his crib and then a closet for more than a week after his death, until the smell became unbearable.
Chance's body was found by police about a month after he went missing in a shallow grave in the woods, less than 13 miles from the couple's home.
Bury, 33, accepted a plea deal of 25 years in prison in exchange for her testimony against Walsh in January 2016.
But on September 10, 2016, she was found dead in her jail cell from an apparent suicide.
According to WTVT, heavy air filled the courtroom today as Chance's remaining family delivered their final statements to Walsh.
"I'm a grandmother without grandchildren because of you," Sally Sussino, Chance's grandmother and Bury's mother, said. "I hope for the next 45 years your dreams are haunted by what you've done and you suffer the same pain you conflicted on my precious grandson Chance."
"You beat and brutalized an innocent infant who could not protect himself," she continued. "You are an abomination of mankind and you are a useless waste to society. You deserve much worse than this."
"While you sit and rot in prison, I hope you live every day what it feels like to know you stole all of that from us. He could have had such a great life. You stole everything from us, Joe. I hate you for it," Chance's other grandmother, Kimberly Millwater, added. "I hope you rot in hell."