The mother of baby Chance Walsh, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave last year, was found dead of an apparent suicide in a Florida jail Saturday, authorities said.
Kristen Bury, 33, was discovered by correctional staff after midnight, the Sarasota County sheriff’s office said.
Live saving measures were administered before Bury was brought to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said. Bury’s death is under investigation, though the initial probe points to a suicide, authorities said.
Bury was serving 25 years for her role in the September 2015 murder of her 8-week-old son, who investigators said was beaten to death.
He was left to rot in his crib and then a closet for more than a week until his mother complained about the smell, according to a probable cause affidavit.
His parents then allegedly buried Chance in a shallow grave less than 13 miles from his home. He had been missing for more than a month when his body was found.
Bury in January pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter.
After she was sentenced, Bury’s mother, Sally Susino, told the court her daughter allegedly had three children and that she traded her firstborn son in exchange for money, a car and an apartment.
The fate of that child remains unknown.
Her second son, Duane, died in 2014 two weeks after his birth from a suspected kidney infection.
Bury had taken a plea deal that required her to testify against Chance’s father, Joseph Walsh, in an upcoming trial expected to start in November.