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Ohio River search for boy to resume; mom charged with murder

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-07 12:07:15-05

CINCINNATI — Crews expect to resume searching the Ohio River on Sunday for a 6-year-old Ohio boy who police say died when his mother tried to abandon him at a park and drive away but he grabbed for a door and was dragged.

Police believe James Hutchinson’s mother and her boyfriend dumped the body into the river near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, last weekend. Flood conditions have held up the search.

The mother, 29-year-old Brittany Gosney, of Middletown, was indicted Friday in Butler County on 16 counts, including murder, corpse abuse and endangering children.

Authorities have said she told investigators that her son was killed at a park in southern Preble County when she tried to drive away and he was dragged.

Her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, was also indicted on 15 counts, including corpse abuse, tampering with evidence and endangering children.

Butler County court records didn’t list attorneys for the jailed couple.

Authorities say the boy’s two siblings have been removed from the Middletown home.