Orphaned six-week-old baby is adopted after parents killed themselves

Orphaned six-week-old baby is adopted after parents killed themselves

January 8, 2022

Orphaned six-week-old baby whose sheriff deputy parents killed themselves in double tragedy will be adopted by a ‘close relative’

  • Jayce Osteen, an orphaned six-week old baby, has revealed to have been adopted by a ‘close relative’ after his parents killed themselves earlier this week
  • The infant’s father Clayton Osteen, 24, attempted suicide on New Year’s Eve and was later taken to the hospital where he was taken off life support two days later
  • The mother Victoria Pacheco, 23, took her own life on January 4
  • Donations and tributes have since piled in for Baby Jayce such as a GoFundMe page that has since raised $87,051 as of Saturday morning
  • The page’s organizer Kelly Ridle, a friend of Osteen, revealed the announcement of the baby’s adoption 

The orphaned six-week-old baby boy whose sheriff’s deputy parents killed themselves last week will be adopted by a ‘close relative’, a family member has said.

The family’s heartbreaking chain of events began New Year’s Eve, when Florida cop Clayton Osteen attempted suicide shortly before midnight. The 24-year-old died two days later in hospital. 

His girlfriend Victoria Pacheco, 23, took her own life within days. The couple, both deputies at the St. Lucie Sheriff’s office, left behind an infant son called Jayce, who was born on November 22. 

The baby is now being cared for by Osteen’s brother, however it is unclear whether he is the adoptive parent.  

It’s unclear what the motive behing the suicides is.   

The organizer of a fundraising page, Kelly Ridle, a friend of Osteen, shared the news of the baby’s adoption on the page. 

‘The families of Clayton and Victoria are so grateful for all prayers and support received,’ Ridle said on the page.  ‘All donations will be used for enriching Jayce’s life experiences and securing a brighter future.’

Baby Jayce Osteen is being adopted by a ‘close relative’ after his parents took their lives earlier this week

The infant’s parents Clayton Osteen (left) and Victoria Pacheco (right) killed themselves earlier this week as Osteen attempted suicide on December 31 and was taken off life support by his family two days later. Pacheco took her own life on January 4

A GoFundMe page was organized for the orphaned infant by Osteen’s friend Kelly Ridle who announced the baby’s adoption

Donations and tributes have since poured in from friends and family members as well as other members of the community to help support the newly orphaned baby.

Pacheco’s granmother, Bernice Bartolini, likened the double tragedy to a ‘Romeo and Juliet’-type story and said the couple is now ‘together forever.’

‘My heart is so sad I thought I was hurting before I lost my beautiful granddaughter,’  Tragic Romeo and Juliet story. They are now together forever,’ she wrote in a Facebook post.

‘This loss is so painful … Victoria and I were very close when I lived in Florida, she was there for me. I wish I could have been there for her. My insides are being torn apart, my heart hurts so bad.’ 

Sheriff Ken J. Mascara revealed the death of the baby’s parents in a post on Tuesday and offered his condolences on behalf of the department. 

‘Today, the members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office carry the burden of a very heavy heart as we share with you the tragic passing of two of our deputies: Deputy Clayton Osteen and Deputy Victoria Pacheco,’ the statement read. 

‘Words cannot express the tremendous loss we all feel after losing these two members of our Sheriff’s Office family,’ he added.

In the statement, Mascara also noted the importance of mental health.

‘While it is impossible for us to fully comprehend the private circumstances leading up to this devastating loss, we pray that this tragedy becomes a catalyst for change, a catalyst to help ease the stigma surrounding mental well-being and normalize the conversation about the challenges so many of us face on a regular basis.’ 

A statement from the St Lucie County Sheriff Department announced the couple’s deaths 


The pair had worked at the department for over a year together with Osteen starting in 2019 and Pacheco in 2020

Baby Jayce was born on November 22 and was only six weeks old at the time of his parent’s death

Obituaries have since been released for the couple in memory of the pair who worked over a year together at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Osteen was remembered as a ‘father, partner, son, brother, and friend to so many’ and was a member of the department since 2019 where he became a SWAT team member, Deputy of the Quarter, and was awarded Deputy of the Year in 2020.

He had also served as a non-commissioned officer during his service for the United States Marine Corp.

Pacheco was described as a ‘mother, partner, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend to so many’ who had joined the department a year after her partner in 2020.

Besides her contributions to the department, she was also described as adventurous and artistic with interests such as horseback riding, surfing, sky diving as well as swimming with sharks. 

The pair will be laid to rest at the Haisley Funeral Home on Saturday.     

Osteen had served as a non-commissioned officer during his service for the United States Marine Corp

Pacheco was remembered as being adventurous and artistic with interests such as horseback riding, surfing, sky diving as well as swimming with sharks

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