Lisa and Cleveland Cox: Couple who gave back their adopted son waive dependency hearing

State will keep custody of 10-year-old for now

HAMILTON, Ohio – The couple who gave their adopted son back to Butler Bounty Children's Services were back in juvenile court Wednesday afternoon.

By waiving their right to a dependency hearing, Lisa and Cleveland Cox of Liberty Township said they would not fight the state's position that there is a problem with their son and that the state should continue to have custody.

The couple claims the 10-year-old boy grabbed a knife and threatened to kill the family.

The parents, who adopted the boy when he was 4 months old, say he has issues they didn't know how to handle.

"By entering into this agreement, you understand it will give the court the power to make any orders that the court determines to be in your child's best interest. Do you understand that?" of Magistrate Barbara Infantino asked the couple.

"Yes,"  they replied.  

The hearing lasted not much more than 10 minutes but it will take months for them to earn their child back.

They declined to talk to the media, but their attorney, Anthony VanNoy, did talk about the case

"The finding of dependency says that there are issues that are not the fault of the parent that need to be addressed," VanNoy said.  "The case plan helps to address those issues that the parties have been experiencing.

"The family is working with all the experts to do the very best they can to bring this family back together again."

A progress hearing is scheduled for June 18.

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