- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A man who abused and suffocated his 7-week-old son during a drug-induced rage in Florida has accepted a plea deal sending him to prison for 45 years.

The Herald-Tribune (https://bit.ly/2pwLjIA ) reports 38-year-old Joseph Walsh showed no remorse before he was led from the courtroom in Sarasota on Tuesday.

Walsh admitted to second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. State Attorney Ed Brodsky says he stuffed a baby wipe down the throat of his infant, Chance Walsh. His body was found in a shallow grave a month later.

Grandmother Sally Susino said the family would have preferred a life sentence or the death penalty. But the only witness was the infant’s mother, Kristin Bury-Walsh, who died of an apparent suicide last September after agreeing to testify against Walsh.


Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, https://www.heraldtribune.com

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