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Mother accused of killing 6-year-old James Hutchinson will be evaluated for sanity, competency

An Ohio judge has agreed that a defendant in a juvenile murder case will be evaluated for competency before the case proceeds to trial.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Britney Gosney pleaded not guilty to 16 charges, including murder, connected to the presumed death of her 6-year-old son James Hutchinson late last month. Gosney, 29, reportedly confessed to killing her son on the same day she and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, reported him missing. Gosney told police that she had taken James and his two siblings to a wildlife reserve with the intention of abandoning all three children. According to her account, James hung on to the car as she was driving away from a parking lot and she dragged him, possibly running him over. She then loaded his body into the car with the other children and kept it in her home until early the next morning, when she and Hamilton allegedly drove to the Indiana side of the Ohio River and tossed the boy’s body into the water.

Investigators have not yet found James Hutchinson’s body.

Cincinnatti.com reports that a Butler County judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation on Monday after Gosney’s defense attorney David Washington said he intends to seek a not guilty by insanity plea.

“(The) Defendant struggles to assist in her defense and counsel has serious concerns regarding defendant’s mental health,” Washington wrote in court documents obtained by Cincinatti.com.

The judge scheduled a hearing for April 26, at which point the evaluation will have been completed.

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