An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the death of James Hutchinson, the 6-year-old boy presumed killed by his mother earlier this year.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Hutchinson’s mother Britney Gosney pleaded guilty earlier this month to murdering her son. She reportedly admitted to investigators that she drove Hutchinson and his two siblings to a nature preserve in February with the intent of abandoning them. The little boy chased after her car as she was driving away and may have been run over.
Gosney reportedly said she drove his body, with this siblings in the car, back to their Middletown home and kept his body there for a day or so. She and her boyfriend James Hamilton then drove the body to the Ohio River and threw her son’s remains in the water, she told police.
Hutchinson has not been found.
— Karin Johnson WLWT (@karinjohnson) August 24, 2021
According to WKRC, Hamilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping, child endangering, and gross abuse of a corpse. Hamilton reportedly began the process of entering a guilty plea on Monday but had second thoughts after learning how much prison time he was facing. He now faces up to 19 years, and is set to be sentenced in October.
The double guilty pleas mean that the case will not go to trial. It is unclear if the defendants offered further information about the murder in their plea agreements.
Prosecutor Mike Gsomer told the news station that the guilty pleas should be considered confirmation of Gosney’s and Hamilton’s guilt.
“It happened because of evil in the hearts of both defendant Hamilton and defendant Gosney,” he said.
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