Liberty Township couple say child abandonment charges are blessing

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio -- The parents accused of abandoning their 9-year-old adopted son now say the charge was a blessing in disguise.

Cleveland and Lisa Cox appeared in court Wednesday for a pre-trial conference. They claim they brought the boy back to Children's Services with only a note and some clothes after he 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.

Their attorney,  Anthony VanNoy, said the abandonment charge created awareness nationwide.

"There's a lot of families we've gotten such a great outpouring from -- families across the country that have adopted children and have experienced some of these issues because some children have issues that arose when they're just born -- family histories that the family wasn't aware of," VanNoy said.

The parents and the boy are now getting help they need,  VanNoy said.

"There are some very complex issues that need to be addressed and we don't have all the answers,” said VanNoy, “and I think because of this attention that people are trying to provide information across the country to us about how to handle some of these situations that children experience."   

The boy has recently visited his parents at their house, the attorney said.

The Coxes are charged with non-support of a dependent. They say they will not accept a plea agreement and plan to fight the charge.

Trial is set for Feb. 10.


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