Middletown police immediately started searching, posting pleas for help and images of the red-haired child in black frame glasses. But Gosney and her boyfriend James Hamilton were lying, police said on Monday.
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James Hutchinson, of the 500 block of Crawford Street, was 6 years old at the time of death.
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According to police reports, Gosney had run over her son in a park days earlier after trying to abandon him there Then she and Hamilton allegedly threw his body into the Ohio River. Gosney was arrested and charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Hamilton was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Two other children who lived with the couple have been removed from the home by state authorities, police said. The case has shaken the city of 48,000 people about 35 miles north of Cincinnati,
The accident left neighbors and teachers to mourn a boy they described as “joyful.”
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“I just wish more people would reach out when they need help with their babies instead of going this route,” Mary Stout, a neighbor, told WKRC. “I just don’t understand. I just don’t understand when it comes to a child.”
Police had few answers on Monday about what allegedly drove Gosney to kill her son.
“The mother is not showing much remorse at this time. But she has confessed to doing this,” Middletown Police Chief David Birk said at a news conference. “She’s not really saying what the motive was.”
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On Friday night, two days before Gosney and her boyfriend reported James missing, police said she drove him and her two other children to Rush Run Park in nearby Preble County. In a parking lot near a boat ramp, she allegedly tried to abandon James.
When he tried to get back into the car, she ran him over and left the park, according to court documents reviewed by WKRC. Half an hour later, she allegedly returned and found James dead. She put him back into the car and drove to their home in Middletown.
The next night, Birk said, Gosney and Hamilton drove to a bridge over the Ohio River and threw James’s body over the edge.
When the couple reported James missing on Sunday morning, police were immediately suspicious, Birk said. “It was a little unusual because usually when you have a missing child, the first thing you do as parents is to contact the police,” he said. “They said he was missing since Saturday night.”
Detectives were quickly called in, and within hours police and Preble County sheriff’s deputies had converged in the park to gather evidence.
By Sunday night, police had called off the search and arrested Hamilton and Gosney, who police said admitted to killing the boy and disposing of his body. Recovery teams began scouring the Ohio River for his remains — work that has been complicated by high water levels and strong currents, Birk said.