The suspects in the presumed murder of a 6-year-old Ohio boy will appear in court on Monday afternoon for their arraignment on dozens of charges.
As previously reported, James Hutchinson’s mother Britney Gosney, 29, is facing 16 criminal counts including murder, involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, and child endangerment. Her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton, is facing 15 counts, including kidnapping, abduction, child endangerment, gross abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.
According to WKEF, both suspects will appear for an arraignment at Butler County Common Pleas Court on Monday at 2 p.m.
Police documents show that Gosney told detectives she had attempted to abandon James and his two half-siblings at a wildlife park in Preble County late last month, and dragged or ran over James when he tried to cling to the door of a minivan as Gosney drove away. She then allegedly drove his body, with his siblings in the car, back to her home in Middletown. She told police that she and Hamilton kept James’ body in a spare bedroom until early the next morning, when they drove to the Indiana side of the Ohio River and tossed his body in the water.
On Sunday, investigators resumed the search for the body of 6-year-old James Hutchinson–which had been paused due to dangerous water conditions–but did not find his remains or the body of another young child believed to be in the Ohio River. As WLWT reports, searchers have been looking for both Hutchinson ad 3-year-old Nylo Lattimore, who has not been seen alive since December. Police believe he was killed by the suspect in his mother’s murder, who allegedly dumped his body in the Ohio River.
Law enforcement and volunteer groups searched the water and the river bank for six hours on Sunday, but did not find the bodies of either child, as search conditions remained challenging.
“The water is still very high, but it didn’t go down as much as we had hoped,” Tracy Campbell of North Start International K9 Search and Rescue told Fox 19.
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