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Mom ‘killed her son, 6, then dumped his corpse in a river and claimed he’d wandered off’

A MOM “killed her own son and then dumped his body in a river,” according to cops.

James Robert Hutchinson, 6, was reported missing by his mother, Brittnay Gosney, 29, Sunday but she has now been arrested and charged with his murder.

The body of James Hutchinson, 6, was dumped in the Ohio River

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The body of James Hutchinson, 6, was dumped in the Ohio RiverCredit: The Middletown Division of Police

Middletown, Ohio, cops say that during questioning of Gosney and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, they told officers they killed Hutchinson in Preble County a few days ago, WBTV reports.

It’s believed Gosney attempted to abandon her son in a park but when he tried to get back in the car she ran him over, according to court documents.

“Sadly, upon further questioning of Brittany Gosney and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, they now say that James was killed in Preble County a few days ago,” police said in a statement. “The child’s body was brought back to Middletown, where they live, and later put into the Ohio River.”

In an attempt to locate the boy’s body police said they would be working with trained searchers.

Police said Monday that the mom “is not showing much remorse” and had not revealed why she had tried to leave him in the park.

Gosney has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence

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Gosney has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidenceCredit: Middletown Police

Due to the river being very high and treacherous they said they would not be disclosing the exact location in order to avoid another tragic incident.

Gosney has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Hamilton has been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Middletown Police Chief David Birk said during a news conference Monday his detectives felt the situation was “unusual” after Brittany Gosney, James’ mother, and her boyfriend James Hamilton reported James missing to police Sunday morning.

Birk said it was unusual for parents to go to the police station to report a missing child and usually they would call 911 immediately.

James Hamilton has been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence

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James Hamilton has been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidenceCredit: Middletown Police

Gosney is believed to have taken James to Rush Run Park in Preble County along with his older brother and sister, both second-graders on Friday.

Birk said she intended to leave James there but it is not clear what she intended to do with her other children.

Investigators have not said if she meant to leave James there temporarily or permanently, reports USA Today.

James tried to get back into the car and Gosney sped away, dragging him.

Gosney returned 30 to 40 minutes later and found James dead in the parking lot of the park, according to police.

Birk said Gosney and Hamilton took the body home, then waited until Saturday night, after the other children were asleep, to load James’s body back into the car and drive him to the river. 

Gosney and Hamilton appeared in Middletown Municipal Court Monday and were appointed lawyers.

During the hearing Gosney told the judge she had a learning disability and didn’t understand what was happening.

Birk said at the news conference she knows right from wrong and understood her rights.

Gosney’s bond was set at $1million and Hamilton’s bond was set at $800,000.

They are scheduled to appear in court again on March 8 for a preliminary hearing.

Officials said the two other children in the household have been removed from the residence.