MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - The love and support for a young boy killed over the weekend continues, and now, the family asks everyone to help his surviving siblings.
James Hutchinson, 6, was killed on Feb. 27 after his mother, 29-year-old Brittany Gosney, tried to abandon him and his two siblings in Preble County, according to Middletown police.
James died after possibly being run over by his mother’s van when she tried leaving the kids, police have said.
His two siblings survived unharmed, authorities said.
The two siblings’ survival is something their aunt, Heather Gosney, is thankful for.
“We gotta step up and take responsibility for the two kids and help them the best we can,” Heather said.
With her nephew’s death and her sister at the center of the murder investigation, the past few days have been a critical blow for the family.
James’ siblings have been now placed in temporary foster care.
The Butler County Department of Job and Family Services filed a neglect/dependency complaint on March 1 regarding Brittany’s two other children, according to the administrator for Butler County Juvenile Court.
With the two siblings at risk of staying in the state’s foster-care system permanently, Heather said her other sister, Lisa, filed for emergency custody for them.
She hopes it will minimize any additional emotional damage they’ve already experienced.
“The person that Lisa talked to did inform Lisa that both kids are being taken care of and that they seem in spirit,” Heather explained. “They’ve been coloring, playing, watching TV and stuff. But they want to go home, and they can’t.”
Lisa and a family friend have set up a GoFundMe to make sure the kids have everything they need moving forward.
As of Wednesday evening, just under $1,000 has been raised.
As they have said, This investigation has been devastating for family members.
James’ grandfather, Darryl Trivett, sent a statement to FOX19 NOW about what the family is going through.
“This is very hard on me and Brittany’s mother, Betty. She was already depressed because Brittany shut off communication with us a couple months ago. We did not even know where they lived. I just know her boyfriend is involved more than what’s being said, and I pray it comes out. I also don’t believe he [James] is in the Ohio River. Why would they drive so far away when there is a river and other water closer to them?”
The search for James’ body continues, but it is currently being held up because of conditions on the Ohio River.
Gosney admitted she and Hamilton dumped the young boy’s body in the river, according to Middletown police.
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