Middletown mother pleads guilty to killing her son

Miami Valley News

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Middletown mother accused of killing her 6-year-old son pleaded guilty to murder Monday.

The Butler County Court confirmed to 2 NEWS that Brittany Gosney pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering children and one count of unclassified murder.

Gosney and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, were indicted in March on charges related to killing 6-year-old James Hutchinson and dumping his body in the Ohio River.

According to Middletown Police, Gosney intended on abandoning three of her children and drove them to Rush Run Wildlife area in Preble County. As Gosney attempted to leave, James tried to get back in the car. Police said Gosney sped off and dragged James. Gosney reportedly told police she went back to get him and he was dead. 

Gosney was indicted by the Butler County Grand Jury on 16 different counts while Hamilton was indicted on 15 counts. As part of the plea deal Monday, all other charges for Gosney were dismissed, according to court documents.

Several attempts have been made to locate James Hutchinson’s body near the Ohio River, but he has yet to be found.

Judge Noah Powers said in court that Gosney is facing 15 years to life in prison for murder and 36 months for each child endangering charge.

Gosney will be sentenced on Monday, September 13 at 8:30 a.m.

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