Ohio Couple Who Abandoned Adopted Son Face Criminal Charges

Ohio Couple Who Abandoned Adopted Son Face Criminal Charges

An Ohio couple who abandoned their 9-year-old adopted son are going to face criminal charges, exclaimed a state prosecutor. He said on Friday that he will pursue charges of abandonment. Police have stated the couple gave their son to child welfare officials after raising him since he was an infant.

Ohio state prosecutor Michael Goser explained that cases in the past which were similar to this one had been handled within the domestic courts. When that is appropriate, that is fine, but in this case, criminal charges will also be considered.

There has never yet been such focus put on the criminality of abandoning a child, Goser added, and there has to be some sort of legal consequence.

The Ohio couple, who lived in suburban Cincinnati, was charged this week of nonsupport of dependents. They turned themselves in on Friday evening. Cleveland Cox, age 49, and his wife Lisa, age 52, were then released on $10,000 bond for each and were ordered back in court on Nov. 27.

Butler County investigators said the parents left the child with a children’s service agency on Oct. 24. It was explained that they said he was exhibiting hostile behavior.  A report filed by the county sheriff back in August stated that the adoptive mother said the boy was threatening the entire household with a knife. There are two other children in the family.

Lawyer Adolfo Olivas was appointed by the domestic court in order to defend the child’s welfare. He has stated that the child is confused and hurt and is now getting the treatment the parents should have gotten for him in the first place.

There are no wide-range national statistics on failed adoptions, but they are extremely rare in cases like this where the child has been raised in the family from infancy. Even though they are very uncommon, they are more likely to transpire if the child has been adopted, the attorney said.

Most of the 400,000 children that are in foster care across America had biological parents that were unable or not willing to take care of them and sometimes this happens with adoptive parents as well.

Adoption advocates are worried that the chance of criminal charges and negative publicity might hurt efforts to find people who want to adopt.

Sometimes adoption just does not work out, said attorney Susan Garner Eisenman who is located in Columbus, Ohio. She places her practice’s attention on adoption and child welfare matters.

There is a growing need for more post adoption services and support, especially for those parents that agree to take on a special needs child.

An Ohio Department of Family Services spokesperson stated that out of some 12,000 Ohio foster children, almost 400 are involved in county care after having been adopted. But because of various reasons besides abandonment, they are not with their adoptive family any longer. Some reasons include sexual attack or the parents’ have died.

It is recommended that all parents, if they are adoptive or biological, try and receive help if they run into problems with their child or children.

The state of Ohio urges parents that are struggling to raise their children to find some sort of public or private counseling as they see fit. This will hopefully help them not end up abandoning their child like what happened with this couple and boy.


By Kimberly Ruble


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