Two children believed to be siblings or half-siblings of James Hutchinson were in the car with their mother as the little boy died trying to hold on to the vehicle — after his mother told him she was leaving him in the park.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 29-year-old Britney Gosney of Middletown reported her 6-year-old son James Hutchinson missing on Sunday morning. During police questioning, Gosney later admitted that she had killed her son in recent days and dumped his body in the Ohio River with the help of her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton.
Gosney reportedly said she told James that she was abandoning him at the park, and that he tried to hold on to her car door as she drove away. As a result, she dragged him with her vehicle and may have run him over. She left the scene and returned about 30 to 40 minutes later to find James deceased with a head injury, she told police. Gosney reportedly put her son’s body in the car and drove him home, where she kept him overnight in an upstairs bedroom. The next day, she and Hamilton reportedly drove to Indiana with the body and dumped it in the Ohio River.
A police spokesperson confirmed that the two children who lived in the Middletown home with James, his mother, and her boyfriend were in Gosney’s vehicle at the time of James’s death. They were also present in the home while his body was in the residence. Both children are in the second grade, and are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Chief David Birk with the Middletown Police Department said he believed Gosney intended to abandon all three children in the park. Police also said that Gosney has a fourth child who is not in her custody. That child was reportedly adopted out of foster care.
Gosney is currently jailed on $1 million dollar bail, facing multiple charges, including murder. Hamilton has been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, and is being held on $105,000 bail.
Police are continuing to search for James Hutchinson’s body.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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