The Middletown mother charged with killing her 6-year-old son is accused in new court records of, along with her boyfriend, hog-tying the boy and his two siblings up by their hands and feet, putting clothes in their mouths, and leaving them that way for hours leading up to his death.
This was done “with purpose to terrorize and/or inflict serious harm” to the children, prosecutors wrote.
According to Middletown police, Brittany Gosney confessed to killing her youngest child on Feb. 26 as he tried to get back into her minivan when she abandoned him and his two siblings, 9 and 7, at Rush Run Wild Life Area in Preble County.
Gosney left the park but went back for the children about 30 or 40 minutes later, police have said. She put them in the van and returned to their Middletown home.
That’s where prosecutors say Gosney and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, put her son’s body in a spare room and left it there 48 hours before driving to the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, court records show.
At some point, a concrete block was tied to the first grader’s body before they threw it into the water, prosecutors wrote.
The latest court records also allege Gosney and Hutchinson removed the hard drive from video cameras at their residence along with tape and rope and hid them at another location.
Gosney, 29, and Hamilton, 43, face a combined 31-count indictment in connection with the slaying of her son.
Both initially pleaded not guilty, but now Gosney is pursuing the insanity defense and changed her plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
According to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office report, Gosney told investigators she was under pressure from her boyfriend to get rid of Hutchinson and his siblings.
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She is facing charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and multiple counts of endangering children, gross abuse of a corpse, kidnapping, and abduction.
Hamilton was also indicted for kidnapping, abduction, endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.
Gosney is held in lieu of a $2 million bond at the Butler County Jail.