‘He was just my world,’ says father during community vigil of Middletown child who was killed

MIDDLETOWN — Hundreds came out to Middletown’s Garner Park Monday evening to pay respects to six-year-old James Hutchinson, the six-year-old child whose mother, police say, murdered him this past weekend.

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“I don’t even know how to process all this,” said Lewis Hutchinson, James’ father, at Monday evening’s vigil. “He was just my world.”

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Hutchinson’s mother, Brittany Gosney, is accused of murdering the child. Gosney’s boyfriend, James Hamilton, is also facing charges in the case.

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According to investigative documents from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, Gosney tried to leave her three children in Rush Run Wildlife Area in Preble County.

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According to the records, six-year-old James tried to grab the door handle of the departing vehicle but ended up dragged, which records show, Gosney told police killed him.

Records show Gosney admitted to police, taking the child’s body in the car with his siblings back to the family’s Middletown home, and eventually taking Hutchinson’s body, along with Hamilton, to Indiana where they dumped the child’s body in the Ohio River.

Investigators are working to recover Hutchinson’s body, at which point they expect an autopsy will shed more light on the moments leading up to his death.

Meanwhile, the Middletown community called for justice Monday night for a child so many said loved to give hugs.

“You could have the worst day on the planet, and, as soon as you see him, it just changed,” Lewis Hutchinson said of his son. He added, he hopes to see swift punishment for his son’s mother.

“I don’t know how somebody could be a monster and do that to a six-year-old,” he said.