Mother intended to desert her child, 6, and ran over him with her car as he was trying to get back inside.
A six-year-old Ohio boy died after his mother tried to abandon him in a Preble County park and then ran him over with her car, NewsnerÂ reports.
We have a missing 6 year old named James. He is was last seen in the area of Crawford St. He is a white male, 3â€™ 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
Brittany Gosney, 29, from Middletown, reportedly drove to the park with three of her children in the car on the day of the incident â€“ February 27. She went there intending to ditch her six-year-old son James Robert Hutchinson. As the child tried to get back inside his motherâ€™s vehicle, she sped off and dragged him along with the car. His brother and sister were forced to watch the horrific scene of their mom running over their little brother.
Gosney allegedly returned to the park about half an hour later, only to find Jamesâ€™s lifeless body in the parking lot with a head injury.
As FOX19Â reveals, her criminal complaint stated thatÂ â€śshe picked the child up, put him back in the vehicle and drove back (to their home on Crawford Street) where she took the child in the house and placed him in an upstairs bedroom.â€ť
The next day, Gosney and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, reportedly went to Ohio River to dump Jamesâ€™s corpse. The pair decided to push the childâ€™s death as a missing case. At around 10:15 a.m., they went and informed local police that the six-year-old was missing.
However, while being questioned about the details of Jamesâ€™s alleged absence, Gosney and Hamiltonâ€™s stories didnâ€™t match. Eventually, the police grew suspicious. AsÂ perÂ USA Today, Middletown Police said in a statement:
â€śSadly, 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 childâ€™s body was brought back to Middletown, where they live, and later put into the Ohio River.â€ť
***PRESS RELEASE*** pic.twitter.com/4MaMj9Zxo2
— Middletown Division of Police (@MPDOhio) March 1, 2021
Middletown Police Chief David Birk said:
â€śThe mother is not showing much remorse at this time.â€ť
The chief added:
â€śWeâ€™ll know more once James is recovered and the coroner is able to do an autopsy.â€ť
Gosneyâ€™s two other children were found unharmed after the incident. There were no details on what their mother intended to do with them since they witnessed her murdering their little brother. Police stated they have been removed from the residence they lived in.
Chief Birk commented:
â€śThis has really touched my soul and my heart. My kids are older, but my youngest is 16, but Iâ€™m just sitting there, you know, the poor six-year-old has no idea whatâ€™s going on and whatâ€™s happening, and for the other kids to go through this too. Itâ€™s just heartbreaking.â€ť
Brittany Gosnay was charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. Her bail was set at $1 million. As for James Hamilton, he was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. His bond was set at $100,000.
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