James Robert Hutchinson Killed
He was reported missing Sunday morning by his mother, Brittany Gosney, 29, officials said in a statementWe have a missing 6 year old named James. He is was last seen in the area of Crawford St. He is a white male, 3’ tall, 42 lbs. He has dark blond/reddish hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt with blue and red Batman pajama pants. If you see him, call 911. pic.twitter.com/mjlB0kYPpa
— Middletown Division of Police (@MPDOhio) February 28, 2021
“Sadly, upon further questioning of Brittany Gosney and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, they now say that James was killed in Preble County a few days ago,” the statement said. “The child’s body was brought back to Middletown, where they live, and later put into the Ohio River
Investigators questioned the child’s mother, 29-year-old Brittany Gosney, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton.
Birk said the couple told police the boy was killed a few days earlier in Preble County, then brought back to Middletown and put into the river.
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.
It was unclear whether they had an attorney who could comment on their behalf.
Birk also said two other children have been removed from the couple’s home.