Baby Missing in Florida; Parents Charged With Child Neglect

Child Neglect
Posted at 1:41 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 13:41:00-04

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Detectives in Florida say they're trying to figure out the whereabouts of a 9-week-old baby as his parents are being held in a jail in South Carolina awaiting extradition on child neglect charges.

Officials say Chance Walsh has been missing since Sept. 9. Authorities say they became involved when Chance's grandmother called, concerned about the baby's well-being.

A multistate investigation followed.

According to the arrest documents, the parents gave conflicting accounts of what happened to Chance, telling one person he was killed in a car accident and another that they gave him to a stranger they met in a Georgia motel.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office charged 36-year-old Joseph Walsh and 32-year-old Kristen Bury with child neglect. They were booked into jail Tuesday. Officials say investigators found blood spatter inside their home.

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