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‘You’re full of sh--!” Middletown mother who killed her son undergoes interrogation, polygraph

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 6:26 PM EDT
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The first round of tapes can be found here.

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Police have released a second round of tapes chronicling the days-long police interrogation of a Middletown mother who admitted to killing her 6-year-old son in February.

Brittany Gosney, 29, murdered James Hutchinson on Feb. 26 while attempting to abandon him and his two siblings at a Preble County park in February.

Authorities say Hutchinson was dragged by Gosney’s van as he tried to get back inside. Eventually, she returned for him and the other children, put them in the van and drove back home. Two days later, she tied a concrete block to Hutchinson’s body before throwing him in the Ohio River.

On Sept. 12, Gosney was sentenced to the maximum of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 21 years.

Eight months prior, on Feb. 28, Gosney and her 42-year-old boyfriend, James Hamilton, walked into the Middletown Police Department to report Hutchinson as missing.

Detectives questioned Gosney for three hours that day, during which she denied wrongdoing and detailed the events leading to her son’s death before admitting to having dropped his body in the Ohio River.

Police questioned Gosney again on March 1, 2 and 3 following her arrest. The interrogation tapes released on Tuesday cover those days.

Gosney is hooked up to a polygraph machine during some of the interviews.

Asked what she thought would happen to the children she was trying to abandon, she replies:

“I was hoping they would be safe and ok and not get eaten by no coyotes. But then again, me abandoning them was still not safe.”

Gosney continues to blame Hamilton, saying, “He had told me to get rid of them, so I basically did what he asked.”

She says Hamilton told her several times he wanted to get rid of the children and that he would do it if she didn’t.

Gosney claims she reached out to Ohio Jobs and Family Services seeking to give the kids up for adoption but that Hamilton didn’t want them to open a case on them.

She also says Hamilton wanted her to put all the children in the car, throw them in the river and “burn it.”

Asked why she opted for abandoning the children instead, she says she “wouldn’t do that to my kids” and that she hoped to just drop them off and be done with it.

“So I’m saying with James it was a pure accident. It wasn’t meant to happen,” she said.

Gosney admits to knowing that James was dragged beneath the car she was driving but says she did not know at the time he was dead.

She says she saw James lying on the ground when she came back. Asked if she heard him scream, she replies:

“I didn’t hear him scream. I heard the other two screaming.”

She says it was Hamilton’s idea to put James in the river so he would not be arrested for the bruises on the boy’s body. She also says it was he who put the cinder block on James’ chest.

“And I heard, when we tossed him over, I heard the ’flop’ because of the brick being heavy,” she said.

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The 6-year-old boy’s body still has not been found.

Hamilton pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, endangering children, and gross abuse of a corpse.

He will be sentenced on Oct. 4.

Hamilton faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

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