An Ohio mother who police say tried to abandon her 6-year-old son at a local park, dragged him along the sidewalk when he tried to get back in the car, then dumped the body The boy’s lifeless in a river the next day, confessed to killing the child but showed little remorse, the Middletown Police Chief revealed on Monday.
Brittany Gosney, 29, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Cops say Gosney’s two other children – who are both second-graders – were in the car at the time of the murder, but were not injured. They have since been placed in foster care, authorities said.
“It really touched my soul and my heart,” Police Chief David Birk said at a press conference on Monday. “My kids are older, but my youngest is 16, but I’m just setting there, you know the poor six-year-old has no idea what’s going on and what’s going on, and for the other children to go through this too. It’s just heartbreaking.
Birk said Gosney has indicated that she has plans to drop the other two as well. Gosney reportedly lost custody of a fourth child who was in state custody prior to the murder of the 6-year-old.
An arrest report provided to The Daily Beast by the Middletown PD states that Gosney “admitted to taking his son, James Robert Hutchinson, to Rush Run Park in Preble County, where she placed him outside of his vehicle. After forcing him out of the car, Gosney told Inspector John Hoover that the boy “tried to get back into the vehicle and she was off at high speed, dragging the child a distance. The accused then left the park and returned about 30 to 40 minutes later, finding the child in the middle of the parking lot with a head injury.
Gosney then brought his son’s remains home and placed the body in an upstairs bedroom.
“The next day, she went to the Ohio River and dumped the child’s body in the river,” the report says.
Gosney’s boyfriend, James Russell Hamilton, 42, is accused of helping Gosney empty his son’s body after the fact. He faces charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The bond for Gosney was set at $ 1 million in cash; Hamilton was set at $ 105,000. The two are still in custody, Shelby Quinlivan, spokesperson for the Middletown Police Department, told the Daily Beast.
Gosney and Hamilton showed up at the police station around 10:15 a.m. on Sunday morning to report their son’s disappearance, Birk said. He sensed that something was wrong from the start, because the two couldn’t clear up their stories. Birk described the situation as “just red flags everywhere”,
Hours later, the two reportedly confessed. The child’s body has not yet been found.
“I’m so heartbroken I don’t care if I had a million bucks I wouldn’t take it out but he’s more involved than what is said he should get the same,” posted a man identified as Gosney’s stepfather on his Facebook page on Monday.
In a letter to families of children at Rosa Parks Elementary School, where James Hutchinson attended grade one, Principal Tracy Neely wrote: “Today we all mourn the loss of our friend James. James was a happy, cheerful soul who loved school. On the days he was in class, he hugged all of his teachers when he entered school. One funny memory I have is how his face would light up when he won the lucky lunch tray! First graders can find joy in just about anything. I will always remember her dazzling joy.
The school will host a celebration of the life of James Hutchinson at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Gosney and Hamilton are due to return to court on March 8.
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