CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – Community members and family friends gathered in Ohio over the weekend to raise funds for the family of one of two missing children while the search for their bodies along the Ohio River continued for another weekend .
Organizers hoped the Saturday event at Stonie’s Pub in Cincinnati would raise enough money to cover the cost of the celebration of the life and funeral of 3-year-old Nylo Lattimore, but the event also focused on the impact that the little boy on the people around had him.
“We want to talk about him, I want to hear stories about him” Faith Burton told WCPO-TV. “And just make it a day around him. We have cake. … We’ll have cake for his birthday. You know we have gift bags for the kids so we want it to be a great day remembering Nylo and hearing all about Nylo’s stories. “
Meanwhile, crews resumed the river search in Lawrenceburg, Indiana for the bodies of Lattimore and 6-year-old James Hutchinson. North Star International K9 Search and Recovery said in a Facebook post on Saturday that “The weather is still fighting us” and a sonar strike turned out last week “Just river junk.” The group said the river was running too fast for divers, but they planned to continue a sonar search by boat.
Nylo Lattimore is the son of 29-year-old Nyteisha Lattimore, who was believed to have been killed on or about December 5 in her home in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati. Her body was found near a bridge in downtown Cincinnati about a week later. The coroner said she died from stab wounds.
Police say the child’s blood was found on a blanket recovered with his mother’s body and his stroller was found in the river nearby.
“He has to be buried next to his mother so everyone can come out and show him love.” Nylo’s cousin Belinda Lattimore told WXIX-TV.
Hamilton County Prosecutors previously announced death penalty charges against 21-year-old Desean Brown, who is charged with two serious murders, as well as body abuse and evidence manipulation. He previously pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors believe that Hutchinson was killed in late February and that his mother and boyfriend dumped his body in the river near Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Brittany Gosney, 29, has been charged on 16 counts in Butler County, including murder, corpse abuse and child endangerment. Authorities said she told investigators that her son was killed in a park in southern Preble County while trying to drive away and he was dragged.
Her 42-year-old friend, James Hamilton, is charged with abusing a corpse, manipulating evidence and endangering children, among other charges.
Both Gosney and Hamilton pleaded not guilty. Gosney’s attorney said he was seeking a competency assessment, citing “Serious Concerns” about their sanity.