Mom sentenced to prison for killing son as she tried to abandon him in the woods


Sep. 24 2021, Published 9:22 a.m. ET

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An Ohio woman tried to abandon her children in a wildlife area, but he held on for life. Sadly, the child died when his mom ran over him and fled the scene.

The boy's remains still haven't been found, but now mom will head to prison for 21 years.

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Middleton, Ohio, resident Brittany Gosney was sentenced this month to 15 years to life in prison for the murder of her 6-year-old son James Robert Hutchinson. She pleaded guilty last month to one count of murder, and two counts of child endangerment, which additionally earned her three years in prison on each count, to be served consecutively.

Initially, the 29-year-old mother pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. As a result, the court ordered her to undergo a mental evaluation, which found her competent to stand trial.

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According to FrontPageDetectvives, on Feb. 26, Gosney, under pressure from her boyfriend James Hamilton, 42, attempted to discard Hutchinson and his two siblings, ages 7 and 9, at the Rush Run Wildlife Area.

As the defendant drove off in a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, Hutchinson held on to the door in an attempt to return to the vehicle. Instead of stopping, the defendant gassed the van and reportedly dragged and ran over her son. She returned to check on him and discovered Hutchinson was dead. Next, Gosney picked his body up and returned home with the other two children, according to the Journal News.

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Two days later, the defendant and Hamilton decided to dump Hutchinson’s body in the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Then, the couple reported the boy missing to authorities, according to the News Journal. However, after being interviewed by investigators, the couple finally confessed to the crime. To date, his body has not been found.


Rosa Parks Elementary School Principal Tracy Neeley described Hutchinson as a bright light at the school.

“James was a member of our Rosa Parks Panther family for a very short time. While he was small, he touched all of our hearts with his red hair and his bright eyes. He loved to help others. He was a friend and he was a bright light. Very seldom did he not have a smile on his face. And that light was extinguished too soon by his own mother,” said Neeley, according to the Patriot News.

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Gosney’s defense lawyer told the court, though his client had no excuse, she had reached out to people, informing them she could not handle her situation.

Though Hamilton was not present at the time of the murder, he also pleaded guilty to kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse and admitted to two counts of child endangerment.He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct.4.


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