Man gets 19-year prison term in death of girlfriend’s son

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for his role in the death of his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son.

Authorities say the boy died when his mother tried to abandon him and his two older siblings at a park in Ohio’s Preble County.

James Hamilton was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in August to kidnapping, corpse abuse and child endangerment in the death of 6-year-old James Hutchinson in February.

Mother Brittany Gosney was sentenced last month to life in prison.

The child grabbed for a car door and was dragged. Authorities say the couple dumped the body into the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

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