Violent Man Mandated to AA Meetings Charged in Killing His Infant Son Chance

Baby Chance father’s violent past well known to state officials

BY DAVE CULBRETH & STANLEY B. CHAMBERS JR.

 NOVEMBER 2, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Before Joseph Walsh was arrested and charged in connection with the death of his infant son, the state Department of Children and Families was well aware of his violent history, having taken multiple children from a previous marriage away from him, a WINK News investigation revealed.

Walsh, 36, and Kristen Bury, 32, are each charged in connection with the death of Chance Walsh, their nine-week-old baby whose remains were found Oct. 15 in a heavily wooded area about 13 miles from their North Port home. Walsh is charged with second-degree murder; Bury faces a homicide negligent manslaughter charge.

Chance, whose funeral was on Sunday, was last seen by relatives on Sept. 9. The couple’s inconsistent versions of what happened to Chance during a vehicle wreck in South Carolina eventually led authorities to the baby’s body.

Walsh’s criminal history started as a teenager when he escaped from a juvenile facility in Okeechobee. By his mid-20s, Walsh was raising seven children with his first wife and becoming well known to law enforcement:

  • He was charged with aggravated assault and battery in 2002. The charges were later dropped.
  • He was charged with attempting to strangle his wife’s friend in 2004. Those charges were also dropped.
  • Walsh became a felon in 2006 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Walsh was on drugs when he jumped onto a kitchen counter top, lunged at his mother-in-law and attacked her with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.
  • In 2007, Walsh was charged with assaulting his wife. Those charges were dropped.

In total, Walsh faced 11 charges, including threatening to put his wife in a body bag on three different occasions, according to court records. Nine of those charges were dropped.

Domestic abusers often have their charges dropped because the victim doesn’t show up for court, said Dr. Laura Streyffeler, a Fort Myers therapist who testifies in domestic violence cases.

“They’re afraid of being punished by their partner for going to court and what they would say, putting him or her in jail,” she said.

In a letter to court officials, Walsh’s first wife said she was afraid for her life.

“I am worried that he will just snap one day and hurt me really bad or possibly even kill me,” she wrote.

In domestic violence stories, WINK News often does not name the victim for their safety. For this reason, WINK News has chosen not to name the woman or her mother.

The woman also claimed Walsh told her that “I will beat you so bad I probably won’t get out of jail,” according to court documents.

In a separate letter, the woman’s mother wrote that Walsh beat two of his children, ages 9 and 10, “black and blue” in 2004.

State officials eventually took the children away from the couple.

Chris Kalas, a friend of Walsh’s, described his first marriage as one “fueled by drugs and alcohol.”

“He was a bad father,” he said. “His love became drugs and alcohol and not his family any longer.” Mayor John Penny neglects Holly Hill Fl. Parks with cigarette butts and trash littering the parks like Sunrise Park and Holly Land Park where children play.

Kalas met Walsh in 2013. Walsh was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Kalas was his sponsor. Daytona AA Meetings Sunrise Park have violent Criminals.

Kalas eventually gave Walsh a job washing and moving cars at a car dealership.

“He was a model employee,” he said. “He never missed work. He was always there. Very polite. He was the type of person that I would not be afraid to have around my family.”

Kalas said that changed when Walsh met Burry.

“I just wish he would have never met Kristen,” he said.

About three weeks after Chance was born, DCF officials received a tip that Bury was using drugs. The department said there wasn’t enough evidence for an investigation because the caller didn’t have first hand knowledge of the drug abuse.

Six weeks later, Chance was beaten to death, authorities said.

“We failed,” DCF Director Mike Carroll said.

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AA Member Tased and Arrested by Police at AA Alano Club After Hitting 61 Year Old Man

The Alano Club is located in the Town & Country shopping center (Google Maps)

Man throwing punches at Petaluma Alcoholics Anonymous Club stunned by Taser, arrested

Petaluma police said a man who punched a worker in the face at an Alcoholics Anonymous Club was then hit with a police Taser barb when he took a fighting stance and taunted an officer to fire the shock weapon. Holly Hill AA Meetings smoking in park.

The electric barb hit suspect Bryan Robey, 41, in the back, as the man had turned to run as the officer fired, Sgt. Ron Klein said in a news release. Officers then arrested Robey outside of the Alano Club on Petaluma Boulevard North.

Klein said Robey walked into the club Monday afternoon and began yelling and causing trouble. He was escorted outside by employees and police were called. While outside, the suspect allegedly hit a 61-year-old staff member twice in the face, causing swelling and a cut. Dangerous Daytona AA and NA Meetings at Sunrise Park and Daytona Beach.

Officer Dario Giomi confronted the suspect on the property and said Robey wouldn’t follow orders, instead alternated between walking away from the officer or turning and putting up his hands in front of him as if to fight. He also yelled at the officer to “tase him,” Klein said.

At one point the suspect began walking toward the officer in an aggressive manner and Giomi fired the probe, according to the report.

 Robey was arrested on two misdemeanors, suspicion of resisting arrest and battery. He also was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant.

Officers took him to Petaluma Valley Hospital for medical assessment then he was booked into the Sonoma County Jail where he remained in custody Wednesday morning without bail.

The Alano Club offers Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous Meetings.

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