Update: Infant orphan of deputies who took their own lives will be adopted by family member

by | Jan 14, 2022 | News


ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – A child orphaned when his parents committed suicide in January will be adopted by an unnamed family member.

Jayce Osteen had barely been alive when both of his parents died to suicide in early January of this year. Now, at least he will be able to remain in the family thanks to a relative who will be adopting him.

Kelly Ridle, a friend of the families, reported the news on a GoFundMe page which she created to raise money to go towards supporting the new family that Jayce will belong to. On GoFundMe, she wrote:

“The families of Clayton and Victoria are so grateful for all prayers and support received. A close family member will be adopting Jayce. All donations will be used for enriching Jayce’s life experiences and securing a brighter future.”

Jayce’s parents, Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco were both deputies with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Both deputies had been recognized for their selfless work for their community despite only being in law enforcement for a short period of time.

Law Enforcement Today brought you the original story after the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office reported that both deputies had taken their own live

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