Crime And Law

Interrogation video released of Middletown woman describing death of 6-year-old son

MIDDLETOWN — Recently released interrogation video shows the moments that a Middletown woman, convicted of killing her 6-year-old son James Hutchinson, started to tell detectives what happened that lead to the boy’s death.

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Brittany Gosney, 29, was sentenced last week in Butler County court to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 21 years after she changed her plea to guilty on charges of murder and endangering children.

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In late February, Gosney first went to Middletown police to report they boy was missing. But the recently released video from prosecutors showed Gosney start to tell detectives what happened and the events that led to the boy’s death.

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Gosney had drove Hutchinson and his two siblings to Rush Run Wildlife Area in Preble County with the intention on abandoning all three of them. While trying to drive away, Hutchinson grabbed ahold of the vehicle, dragging the boy and leading to a fatal injury.

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While detectives interviewed Gosney, she admitted to bringing the boy back to the family’s home in Middletown then dumping him in the Ohio River.

His body has never been recovered.

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Middletown detectives say questioning took place for several hours on Feb. 28 before she told them what really happened, saying first she felt pressured to get rid of the kids from her boyfriend James Hamilton, as News Center 7 has previously reported based on other court and investigative records.

“James (Hamilton) told me to get rid of the kids,” said Gosney to detectives. “I went to go pull off and James (Hutchinson), as I was saying, he fell. Tried to get back up and then he fell and hit his head on the ground,” said Gosney.

Hamilton pleaded guilty to multiple charges last month including gross abuse of a corpse.

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