MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - The Middletown community is coming together to offer support and to mourn following the death of a 6-year-old boy.
James Hutchinson was killed on Feb. 27 in Preble County, according to Middletown police.
Charged with murder is his mother, 29-year-old Brittany Gosney, police announced on Monday.
Gosney at first reported James as missing, but later confessed to killing him when she tried to abandon him, police said.
Vigils in support of James started Monday with community members at Gardner Park lighting candles and releasing balloons in his memory.
Melody Vassas, who organized Monday’s vigil, said people continue to visit James’ memorial outside the home where he lived. People have brought balloons, teddy bears, and flowers all in his honor.
Vassas said she is also organizing a protest once Gosney and Hamilton appear in court. She said James’ death is a wake-up call to the hidden child abuse that is happening in their town.
“There’s a lot of people that look the other way, and we’re tired of seeing that,” said Vassas.
James was a student at Rosa Parks Elementary in Middletown.
He is remembered as a hugger, a bright and joyful 6-year-old by his school principal.
As students and teachers returned to class without Hutchinson, Middletown Superintendent Marlon Styles said grief counselors were available for anyone in need.
Therapy dogs were brought in Tuesday for James’ classmates at Rosa Parks.
Bus drivers are doing their part to remember James by tying ribbons on the buses.
The Middletown School District has invited the community to Barnitz Stadium at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for a celebration of life event for James.
People attending are encouraged to wear purple.
In addition, a candlelight vigil has been organized for James and Nylo Lattimore Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge Middletown. [Click here event more information].
Nylo was reported missing on Dec. 4, 2020. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says Desean Brown put the 3-year-old into the Ohio River alive. Nylo’s body still hasn’t been found.
Deters says Brown also killed Nylo’s mother Nyteisha, put her in a body bag, and left her near the Purple People Bridge.
Brown is charged with two counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, one count of gross abuse of a corpse, and one count of tampering with evidence.
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