Search for Middletown 6-year-old’s body to resume Sunday on Ohio River in Indiana

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Views of the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Ind. on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Officials are planning to resume the search for the body of 6-year-old James Hutchinson of Middletown on Sunday after the situation on the Ohio River has improved.

Hutchinson’s mother and her boyfriend told police they disposed of his body in the river last weekend after she ran over and killed him while trying to abandon him in a Preble County Park. They told police they drove to the area of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and put the body in the Ohio River.

Brittany Gosney, his mother, and boyfriend James Hamilton were indicted on Friday on 31 combined charges in the case, including crimes against two of James’ siblings. Gosney’s charges include murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Officials were unable to search the river for multiple days this week because it was at its highest level in years following previous rains and the melting of a large amount of snow that had fallen in the region.