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A 33-year-old woman convicted in January of aggravated manslaughter in the death of her 9-week-old son Chance and sentenced to 25 years in prison was found dead in her cell Saturday in an apparent suicide.

Kristen Bury was found unresponsive in her cell early Saturday morning. Authorities attempted to resuscitate her to no avail.

“The initial investigation indicates a suicide,” Lt. Joe Giasone said in a news release. “The Medical Examiner’s Office is also investigating the death.”

The charge against Bury was reduced as part of a plea deal in which she agreed to testify against the child’s father, Joseph Walsh.


Her charge was downgraded from first-degree murder to aggravated manslaughter of a child by culpable negligence.

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According to the New York Daily News, Bury and Walsh first told relatives that they gave away their baby, then said he died in a car crash and finally claimed that the child was fine.

Evidence indicated otherwise.

The baby was found in a shallow grave, wearing a diaper, along with surgical gloves worn by his father.

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Walsh has been indicted for first-degree murder, while Bury appears to have committed suicide.

Bury would have had to testify against Walsh in court, which, according to the Orlando Sentinel, would not have happened until June 2017.

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