New courtroom docs present Middletown mother accused of murdering her son tried to surrender custody of her three youngsters – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
DAYTON – New mental health documents for the Middletown mother accused of murdering her six-year-old son in Preble County reveals she claimed she tried to give up custody of her three children.
News Center 7 first covered Brittany Gosney’s competency report Monday after receiving a copy of a request for public records. The I-Team has been reviewing the 10-page document since Monday afternoon and has discovered a new context in this case.
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Gosney is accused of murdering her youngest child, six-year-old James Hutchinson, in a Preble County park before prosecutors claim she and her boyfriend James Hamilton hid the boy’s body in their Middletown home before heading to Lawrenceburg , Indiana, and dumped its remains in the Ohio River. To date, investigators have not recovered Hutchinson’s body.
For the past two months, investigators have said Gosney tried to abandon her three children in the middle of the night in the Rush Run Wildlife Area in Sommerville when she murdered Hutchinson.
Preble County MPs wrote on court documents that Gosney sped away after getting all three children out of her car. But, wrote the MPs, then little James grabbed a door handle and Gosney dragged him to his death in the park parking lot.
Since the beginning of this case, many have wondered why Gosney didn’t just give up on her children before the six-year-old was murdered.
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Since the I-Team had time to review their competency report, the document provides a new context.
The psychologist who evaluated Gosney wrote: “… Ms. Gosney noted that she had tried to examine ways to give up her parental rights and” give up “on her children prior to the offenses charged. She stated that she was on one A number of obstacles encountered their attempts to do so. “
The I-Team has not been able to confirm who Gosney was trying to contact about this.
The document also sheds new light on the months leading up to Hutchinson’s death.
It is said that Gosney met her boyfriend and now co-defendant James Hamilton about a year before the child was murdered.
In the report, the psychologist wrote that Gosney said she and Lewis Hutchinson, James Hutchinson’s father, moved in with Lewis’ sister. The document states that the woman was married to James Hamilton.
According to the report, the two couples lived together and raised their children in the same house until “(Lewis) Hutchinson and his sister accused the defendant (Gosney) and her co-defendant (Hamilton) of being sexually involved.”
The document continues: “While Ms. Gosney stated that this was not the case at the time, she and Mr. Hamilton subsequently moved out of the house with their three children and stayed at a local hotel until they could secure housing. They then developed a romantic / sexual relationship. “
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Then the report said the couple moved to their Middletown home “a week” before Hutchinson’s murder in February.
Finally, the document offers new insights into Gosney’s past and her behavior when talking to investigators.
The court document shows that Gosney also told the psychologist she was a childhood sexual assault survivor.
At one point in the document, the psychologist wrote: “It was also noted that she did not appear to present herself with distress when discussing the accused crimes, including the death of her youngest child, and objectively discussing the manner and presentation without emotional attachment to others. “
James Hamilton will appear in court for his next hearing in Butler County on May 24th. Brittany Gosney will next appear in court on the same day. Her trial is due to begin May 24 in the Butler County’s Common Pleas Court.
The I-Team will continue to follow up on this case and will notify you of any new developments as they occur.