A new police report in the investigation into the death of a 6-year-old boy from Middletown reveals disturbing new details in the case.
James Hutchinson, of Middletown, is believed to be dead, and his mother and her boyfriend are now facing charges after admitting he was killed and his body was dumped into the Ohio River.
Hutchinson was reported missing Sunday morning by his mother, Brittany Gosney, 29, police said.Investigators said Gosney, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton, showed up at the police lobby and reported the child missing. Police said that was the first red flag because parents of missing children usually call 911.Hours later, investigators said Gosney and Hamilton told police the 6-year-old was killed in Preble County a few days ago.Middletown Police Chief David Birk said Gosney drove James and two of his siblings to Rush Run Park Friday evening and intended to abandon her children. Gosney later told officers that Hamilton had been “pressuring her to get rid of her kids,” according to a new police report from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.According to court documents, Gosney placed James outside of her car, and as he attempted to get back into the vehicle, “she drove off at a high rate of speed, dragging the child for a distance.”Gosney then left the park and returned approximately 30 to 40 minutes later and found James in the middle of the parking lot with a head injury, according to court documents. Gosney told police James was dead.After he was killed, investigators said Gosney put his body in the car with her two other children and drove back to where they live on Crawford Street in Middletown.Gosney put James’ body in an upstairs bedroom at their home.”Sometime Saturday night, Saturday evening, when the other kids fell asleep, that’s when they responded to 275 by Lawrenceburg, and that’s when they disposed of James in the Ohio River,” Birk said.Investigators said Hamilton helped Gosney throw James’ body over the bridge and into the water.According to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office report, Gosney told officers that Hamilton wanted her to get rid of her kids.”It really hit Middletown really hard, along with Preble County,” Birk said. “This is heartbreaking for all of us, and it is difficult.”Trained search and rescue teams searched the river banks Monday in an attempt to recover James’ body.Gosney is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Hamilton faces charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.During Gosney’s arraignment Monday, she told the judge she didn’t fully understand her rights.”I have a learning disability, so I do not understand what you are saying,” Gosney said.”She seems to be communicating fine. She understands right from wrong. She understands her constitutional rights,” Birk said.Her bond was set at $1 million. Hamilton’s was set at $100,000.Gosney’s two children who lived at the home, both second graders, have since been placed in foster care, authorities said.