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Deputies searching for 9-week-old Sarasota boy

Sarasota County deputies are searching for a 9-week-old boy missing from North Port and are trying to determine what his parents may have done prior to leaving Florida recently.

Chance Walsh’s family contacted law enforcement Sunday to report he hadn’t been seen since Sept. 9, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

His parents, Kristen Bury and Joseph Walsh, are longtime drug users, deputies said, and family hadn’t been able to check on his wellbeing as a result.

According to law enforcement, the parents called family to say they were in a car crash in South Carolina.  The parents gave family differing accounts of the child’s condition: He was unharmed, he died in the crash and they gave him to a woman at a Georgia hotel.

Detectives in South Carolina say there was no child involved in the crash, according to law enforcement. Sarasota County deputies say they have also confirmed the couple had no child with them while staying in an Augusta, Ga., hotel.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit, Sarasota K9 Search and Rescue dogs went to the couple's home on Orduna Drive.  The dogs displayed a change in behavior indicating a possible presence of human remains. 

A search of the home revealed small amounts of blood on bed pillows, comforter and mattress.  Blood was also found high on the walls, door, mirror and light fixture in the bathroom.

A woman who stayed at the hotel told detectives that Bury tried to sell her baby clothes, saying the child had died three weeks earlier.

Walsh and Bury have been charged with child neglect and are begin held in Jasper County, S.C., in lieu of $150,000 bond, deputies said. They will be moved to Sarasota County Jail.

If you have information about this case, contact law enforcement at 941-861-4074. You can contact Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County at 941-366-8477 or www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.

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