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Boyfriend pleads guilty in charges connected to death of 6-year-old James Hutchinson

James Hamilton pleaded guilty to four counts in connection with death of 6-year-old James Hutchinson, the son of his girlfriend, Britney Gosney.

Note: This story was updated to correctly identify James Hamilton as Brittany Gosney's boyfriend. 

James Hamilton pleaded guilty Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court to four charges stemming from the killing of 6-year-old James Hutchinson in February.

James Hamilton, 42, was accused of helping to throw James' body into the Ohio River after the boy was killed and his mother, Britney Gosney, tried to abandon him in a Preble County park. Hamilton was Gosney's boyfriend, but was not James' father.

On Tuesday, in front of Judge Noah Powers, Hamilton pleaded guilty to kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse and two counts of child endangering.

Powers told Hamilton he faces up to 19 years in prison.

Police said Gosney was pressured by Hamilton to get rid of her children. Records show she had previously tried to relinquish custody of her children but faced "a number of barriers" when she attempted it.


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