MIDDLETOWN, OHIO – A mother desperate to keep her man killed one of her children while attempting to abandon them, authorities said.
Brittany Gosney, 29, of Middletown, Ohio, is facing charges including, involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, five counts of child endangerment, three counts of abduction, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of gross abuse of a corpse. Gosney’s boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, according to authorities had been pressuring Gosney to “get rid of” her three children.
Gosney, desperate to please Hamilton, attempted to do just that by loading the children, two second graders and 6-year-old James, into her van and took them to Rush Run Park in Franklin County, Ohio. She got the children out of the vehicle and attempted to abandon them. As she sped away, James grabbed on to the van bumper and was dragged until he could no longer hold on. Gosney told police that she returned but the child was deceased.
According to the Preble County Sheriff’s Department report, she loaded the two living children back into the vehicle and loaded James’ body into the vehicle. She drove back home and the next day went to the Ohio River and dumped his body. His body is yet to be recovered. Since James is assumed dead, the recovery teams are waiting for the River to recede to continue the search. Hamilton is facing multiple charges as a result of the child’s death including kidnapping, endangering children, abduction, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.
The couple told different stories that were inconsistent, when confronted with the inconsistencies, Gosney confessed. Authorities said that Gosney had four biological children, one who was already in foster care at the time of the incident. The other two children were removed from the home.
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