Brittany Gossney, 29, has been charged with murder, misuse of a corpse and falsifying evidence in the death of her son, James Hutchinson.
Her friend, James Hamilton, 42, was accused of abusing a corpse and falsifying evidence. Both were brought to court in Middletown on Monday afternoon, have bonds and will remain in Middletown jail until their next court date, Middletown Police Chief David Birk said.
Meanwhile, Middletown police are working with officials in Preble and Butler counties to train searchers to recover the child’s body, Birk said.
“The water up is extremely high, which makes our search and rescue very difficult,” the chief said. “With the water and the current and the rain we had on Saturday night, it̵
According to police, Gosney reported James’ disappearance to Middletown police on Sunday morning, saying the boy had been missing since Saturday night. The search for the child has begun, Birk said.
“It was a little unusual because usually when you have a missing child, the first thing you have to do as a parent is to contact the police,” Birk said.
But during questioning, Gosney and Hamilton said they told detectives that James had been killed in Preble County a few days ago, a Birk news release said.
“At the moment, the mother doesn’t show much remorse,” Birk said. “She’s not really saying, you know what the motive was.”
Gosney had taken James and two other children from the Rush Run wildlife household in Preble County and would leave them there, Birk said. It is not clear what happened between her, trying to leave them and when James died; however, Birk said, the mother later took the boy’s body back to their Middletown residence.
Sometime on Saturday night, when the other two children were asleep, the couple allegedly took the body and dumped it in the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Birk said child protection officers have been involved with the family in the past, but did not give further details. The other two children have been removed from the residence and are now in foster care, the chief added.