Hearing for boyfriend of woman convicted in son’s murder to resume Tuesday

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 7:53 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2021 at 7:57 AM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - The boyfriend of a Middletown woman, who pleaded guilty to killing her 6-year-old son and dumping his body in the Ohio River, was in the process of pleading guilty to several charges when Monday’s hearing was interrupted.

James Hamilton, 43, was pleading guilty to kidnapping, two counts of endangering children and gross abuse of a corpse, while in court.

However, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, there was confusion about possible sentencing.

Judge Noah Powers wanted to give Hamilton time to fully understand what was happening. The hearing will resume at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Enquirer reports.

Hamilton was indicted earlier this year on a multi-count indictment with Brittany Gosney, the mother of 6-year-old James Hutchinson.

James Hamilton, age 43, was charged with Abuse of a Corpse and Tampering with Evidence.
James Hamilton, age 43, was charged with Abuse of a Corpse and Tampering with Evidence.(Middletown Police)

Gosney, 29, admitted last week she murdered her youngest child, James.

Back in February, she abandoned him and his two young siblings, 9 and 7, at Rush Run Wild Life Area in Preble County.

James, a first-grader, was dragged by her van when he tried to get back in.

Gosney pleaded guilty to one count of murder and two counts of endangering children.

She admitted to not only killing the boy but also hog-tying her two older children. Prosecutors say rags were stuffed in their mouths for a long time.

Gosney faces 15 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 13.

According to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, Gosney told investigators she was under pressure from Hamilton to get rid of her children back on Feb. 26.

Gosney left the park after her van hit her son, but went back for the children about 30 or 40 minutes later, police have said.

She put them in the van and returned to their Middletown home.

That’s where prosecutors say Gosney and Hamilton put her son’s body in a spare room and left it there for 48 hours before driving to the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, court records show.

At some point, a concrete block was tied to the first grader’s body before they threw him into the water, prosecutors wrote in court documents.

>> 7 months later: Where the search for James Hutchinson’s body stands

Gosney remains at the Butler County Jail in lieu of a $2 million bond. She’s been there since her arrest in February.

Searchers have been unable to locate Hutchinson’s body in the Ohio River despite multiple tries.

Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson says they won’t give up hope and will search again as soon as they have credible information that may lead them to his remains.

James Hutchinson
James Hutchinson(Middletown Police)

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