Search resumes for 6-year-old Middletown boy allegedly killed by mom

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN/AP) – The search for the body of 6-year-old James Hutchinson continued Sunday morning.

Crews resumed searching the Ohio River for the bodies of two missing children, including Hutchinson, who police say died when his mother tried to abandon him at a park and drive away but he grabbed for a door and was dragged.

The search was previously delayed due to high water levels in the Ohio River.

Crews were hoping to find the bodies of Hutchinson and 3-year-old Nylo Lattimore before another rain or rise in the river.

Authorities said Sunday’s search of the river and its banks in Indiana from Lawrenceburg to Aurora was expected to last until sunset. Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson told reporters that the river looked “like mud” from the helicopter, which would pose a challenge for divers.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said his office was requested to assist in the search. The helicopter and mobile command unit were utilized along with other equipment from the sheriff’s office Emergency Response Services Unit.

“This is a multi-agency effort working together as one,” said Jones.

The investigation is centered in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana area near the Ohio River.

Hutchinson was reported missing by his mother, Brittany Gosney, last Sunday. But when questioned further, the mother and her boyfriend, James Russell Hamilton, said the child was killed in Preble County a few days prior.

Gosney was indicted by the Butler County Grand Jury on 16 different counts Friday. Hamilton was indicted 15 counts.

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