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Brittany Gosney killed her son, James Hutchinson, while trying to abandon him and his siblings in a desolate park because her boyfriend wanted her to get rid of them.

On March 8, Brittany Gosney, 29, of Middletown, was arrested and charged in connection with the Feb. 26 death of her son, first-grader James Hutchinson. Her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, had allegedly pressured her to get rid of her children. Gosney allegedly confessed to police that she killed the boy on Feb. 26 while trying to abandon him and her two other children, ages 7 and 9, at a desolate park in Preble County in the middle of the night. She’d allegedly “hog-tied” and gagged the three children for several hours on either Feb. 25 or Feb 26 before bringing them to the park.

James allegedly grabbed onto the door handle when it was driving away. Gosney ended up “dragging him for a distance at a high rate of speed.” When she returned to the park about a half-hour later, she found the boy in the middle of the road and thought he was dead. She put him and the two other children in the minivan and brought them home. She put James in an upstairs bedroom. The next day, she told police she drove to the Ohio River where she and Hamilton allegedly dumped his body in the water.

Gosney is charged with a slew of offenses including murder, abuse of a corpse, and endangering children-abuse. Hamilton is charged with several crimes including kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. They both initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

On March 22, Gosney’s attorney filed a motion for a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in Butler County Common Pleas Court. That same day, the court ordered Gosney to undergo a psychological examination “to have her tested and evaluated for her competency and sanity at the time of the commission of the offense.” During a hearing on Monday, April 26, she was found competent to stand trial.

Gosney remains held at the Butler County Jail on $2 million bond. Hamilton remains held in the jail on $750,000 bond. They are both scheduled to return to court on May 24.

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