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Mother, 29, is accused of killing her son, 6, and throwing him into the Ohio River

Mom-of-four, 29, ‘killed her son, six, by dragging him behind her speeding car after he grabbed the vehicle when she tried to abandon him at a park, before dumping his body in the Ohio River and reporting him missing’

  • Brittany Gosney charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the death of her six-year-old son, James Hutchinson 
  • Gosney’s boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, charged with abuse of corpse and evidence tampering for allegedly disposing of child’s body
  • Gosney reported her son missing on Sunday, but then allegedly admitted James had been killed days earlier and thrown in Ohio River in Middletown, Ohio  

An Ohio mother has been accused of killing her six-year-old son by dragged him behind her speeding car, and then dumping his body in a river before falsely claiming he had gone missing. 

James Robert Hutchinson was reported missing by his mother on Sunday morning, and many people came out to search for him, Middletown Police Chief David Birk said in a news release.

Investigators questioned the child’s mother, 29-year-old Brittany Gosney, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton. Birk said the couple confessed that James had been killed a few days earlier in Preble County, then brought back to Middletown, where the family live, and put into the river.

James Hamilton, 42

Brittany Gosney, 29 (left), has been charged with murder in the death of her six-year-old son, and both she and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42 (right), have been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence 

Gosney's son, James Hutchinson, was reported missing by his mother on Sunday, but the woman later admitted he had been killed

Gosney’s son, James Hutchinson, was reported missing by his mother on Sunday, but the woman later admitted he had been killed  

Police say Gosney and Hamilton threw James' body in the Ohio River in Middletown, Ohio

Police say Gosney and Hamilton threw James’ body in the Ohio River in Middletown, Ohio 

Birk said police would be working with trained searchers to find the child’s body.

‘The river is very high and treacherous, so we will not be disclosing the exact location in hopes of avoiding another tragic incident,’ Birk said in the release.

Gosney was charged with murder, and both Gosney and Hamilton were charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, police said. 

Investigators offered no motive or details for the boy’s killing.  

Gosney and Hamilton are scheduled to be arraigned later on Monday.  

Gosney and Hamilton are jailed pending their arraignment on Monday

No motive has been given for the child's killing

Gosney and Hamilton are jailed pending their arraignment on Monday. No motive has been given for the child’s killing 

Gosney is a mother of four. She is pictured above with one of her sons

Gosney is a mother of four. She is pictured above with one of her sons 

Birk also said two other children have been removed from the couple’s home.

Posts from Gosney’s multiple Facebook accounts indicate that she has four children: two daughters and two sons.  

Gosney described herself on social media as ‘Full Time Mommy!’ and regularly shared photos of her smiling children and Hamilton, whom she referred to as her ‘husband’ and her ‘everything.’   

Gosney described herself on social media as 'Full Time Mommy!'

Gosney described herself on social media as ‘Full Time Mommy!’

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