Father Sentenced for Baby's Boy's Death

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Joseph Burton told police he fell on his two month old son, but police say that's not how the little boy died.

Family members supported Burton's story even after his guilty plea and that support turned to outrage Friday in the courtroom when the judge handed down his sentence.

In court the judge sentenced Burton to 20 years in prison and was denied probation because of the extent of the charges.

Several family members attended the sentencing today and were visibly upset after the sentencing was handed down.

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  • by concerned Location: Red River Gorge on May 14, 2007 at 05:24 AM
    I see a lot of comments that state we don't know the whole story. Then I pose a question to all the family members that are standing behind this man, what is the story??? Why wouldn't he go to court and let everything be heard. Take the chance that if he is innocent or it was an accident that this truth would have come out and justice would have prevailed... I am sorry... By taking a plea bargain it makes you look guilty especially since the so called "REAL STORY" still hasn't been told
  • by Darlene Location: KY on May 13, 2007 at 07:47 PM
    I had to write again and say I understand the pain that a yr sentence causes. I don't judge because I know too well how the plea deals go (especially if you aren't wealthy) but what do you really expect people to say if they don't know the whole story? Did he really trip and fall on the child? Did he accidently take the childs life? What really did happen. You can always feel free to let us in on the whole truth and maybe people who "Don't know it all" wouldn't pass judgement. You should know when a child is hurt or murdered people get angry. All I can say is I pray for you all, inclduing the guy that did this. He really needs prayers to. God Bless you all.
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly KY on May 13, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    The news reports are always biased to what sells, but an autopsy showed the injuries couldn't have happened from a fall. If Mr. Burton is innocent or covering up for someone else then he should just tell the truth. It is tragic when a life is lost, and God is the only true judge. Prayer is needed for all involved instead of anger.
  • by ******** Location: Kentucky on May 12, 2007 at 08:43 PM
    Question: Did he "trip" and fall?? Where was the child laying?? This is so hard to understand... God Bless the little innocent life that was lost....
  • by Dennis J. Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on May 12, 2007 at 03:56 AM
    Prison overcrowding or not, people who commit murder shoyld go to prison for a long time.
  • by c Location: nicholasville on May 11, 2007 at 07:33 PM
  • by SB Location: Nicholasville on May 11, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    Dear "Anonymous": We certainly understand your feelings about what you have read in the papers and heard on the news about this case. However, you DO NOT know the whole story, the truth, behind this tragic ACCIDENT because only what will sell to the public and make the "Big Story" headlines is what's being told. Be very careful when passing judgement, let he that is without sin cast the first stone. The family has been through enough drama and heartache over the past 13 months to last someone a lifetime. Having to say guilty to get a plea bargain doesn't make a man guilty. Maybe he just wanted to get on with it so his family could get on with it. And maybe, just maybe, he took a plea deal so that he could know what kind of time he would be facing to know when he would be reunited with his wife and children instead of leaving the fate of his life in the hands of judgemental people such as yourself. We believe and fully support Joseph in all that has happened, and there was no suprise, outrage, or barging out of the courtroom today when the sentencing was given. We were all very prepared for what we knew was coming. Of course there were tears, we love Joseph and it is all around a very sad situation. What did anyone expect, just what kind of people do they think we are? Sincerely, a very close family member who has seen it ALL unfold from the very beginning.
  • by You do not know! Location: California on May 11, 2007 at 05:57 PM
    You do not know the entire story. You ONLY know what the media tells you. This is a tragic accident and this family does not have millions of dollar to defend. There have been 2 lives lost in this tragedy.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    They should be outraged because the sentence was unfair. He should have gotten a lot more than what he did if not the death penalty. How can you hurt something so beautiful and defenseless.
  • by Darlene Location: KY on May 11, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    I am sorry for the loss of that baby, however, I don't care what the ones that were "outraged" felt. They should consider themselves lucky he didn't get worse. My ex commited a computor crime and got 12 years with no chance of parole and didn't touch a child. If he killed the child, he deserves the time. Sorry but I love the babies and there is NO sense of these "things" happening. If you can't handle the children don't produce them!
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