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Plea hearing halted for boyfriend of woman who fatally struck son when she drove off after abandoning him


Aug. 24 2021, Published 9:49 a.m. ET

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A hearing in an Ohio court for a man who was reportedly pleading guilty to multiple charges in connection to the murder of his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son was interrupted and postponed.

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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, on Aug. 23, James Hamilton, 42, was to admit in Butler County Common Pleas Court to one count of kidnapping, and two counts of endangering children and gross abuse of a corpse when the judge halted proceedings for a day after confusion arose over the suspect’s possible sentencing.

As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, Hamilton's girlfriend, Britney Gosney, claimed he had been pressuring her to get rid of her three children, so she brought them to a Preble County park on Feb. 26 and tried to drive off. Gosney’s 6-year-old son, James Hutchinson, attempted to cling to her minivan and died when he stumbled and she fatally struck his head with the vehicle.

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Gosney, 29, said she brought her son’s body home and she and Hamilton allegedly later tied a concrete block to the victim’s feet and threw him into the Ohio River. The child’s body remains missing.

At some point during the ordeal, court records show, Gosney’s two other children were gagged and hogtied.

The mother pleaded guilty to one count of murder and two counts of felony child endangerment at an Aug. 15 hearing.

Gosney faces anywhere from 15 years up to life in prison when she is sentenced Sept. 13. She is currently incarcerated at the Butler County Jail in lieu of a $2 million bond.


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