Ohio couple accused of abandoning adopted son, giving him back to county after 9 years

  • Article by: LISA CORNWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 15, 2013 - 1:26 PM

CINCINNATI — An Ohio couple who authorities say returned their 9-year-old adopted son to the county after raising him since infancy have been charged with abandoning the child.

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comment229Nov. 15, 13 5:08 AM

"The Coxes could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor." I wonder how much they paid to get this child and how long they had to wait? There is something really wrong here, but if there is a silver lining to this cloud, at least the kid doesn't have to live with two people whose parenting skills were not good adequate.

gemie1Nov. 15, 13 8:47 AM

The article does mention if any agency has gone into the home to see about the welfare of the other children?

melvinNov. 15, 13 8:53 AM

This is a sad case all around. Putting the parents in jail for 6 months will disrupt the family. What about the other kids and what will this do to them? Wouldn't it be better for a fine and counseling? This 9 year old is still their child whether they want him or not. His family is his other siblings as well. IMO it would be better this whole family get counseling to get at the root of the problem. Our judicial system is too punitive and not that of rehabilitation.

marcymmbNov. 15, 13 9:19 AM

There is only one side to this story and it's the media side how about the parents side.

vegasgalNov. 15, 13 9:38 AM

Poor kid. Nine year olds can be a pain at time and very sweet a few minutes later but to throw a child away like garbage just is not right. Surely there must be more to this story. I hope it gets settled out of the media's glare for the sake of the boy and his siblings.

swmnguyNov. 15, 13 9:48 AM

There's a lot more to this story. The mental health system in this country is pretty much non-existent, and for juvenile children, it's worse than that. A key feature of many mental illnesses is the delusion by the suffering patient that everyone trying to help them is in fact trying to hurt them. So leaving it up to the patient is worse than useless. And when parents go looking for resources to help, they usually meet closed doors, unless and until the kid commits a crime. At that point the kid is put into the juvenile punishment system, and the parents are punished as well.

gurquhartNov. 15, 13 9:55 AM

marcymmb-- There is NO reasonable "parent's side" to this story that would adequately explain or excuse their behavior. If the child has problems, they are primarily the parents' fault since they raised him from infancy. While genetic traits are obviously real, there is still very seldom (if ever) such a thing as just a "bad seed" whose behavior can't be corrected for the most part with decent parenting, and in some cases, some additional professional help. As an adoptive parent myself, this story makes me very sad-- I can only imagine what the child must be feeling.

sultan925Nov. 15, 13 9:59 AM

What is going wrong with the world today when people think they can just abandon their children. Whether you adopted them or had them naturally they are yours and they are your responsibilaty. Big question to those people, how would you have felt if your parents did it to you. This is so shameful.

debbywNov. 15, 13 9:59 AM

For a 9 year old to be acting out in this way should be a signal to the parents to get help. If it was a biological child they would not have anyone to send them back to. The preteen and teen years are confusing and rough going for any child and this will make his transition worse knowing that not only his birth parents but this family does not want him. They should be ashamed to give up on him so easily.

dahutysNov. 15, 1310:06 AM

I have to agree with @marcymmb. People are acting like the parents just woke up one day and said, "OMG, I'm like so totally bored with this one...let's take him back and get a new one." For all we know, the kid has spent the last year giving one sibling a bloody nose, slamming another one's hand in the car door, trying to set fire to the garage, and getting suspended from school repeatedly. If he refuses to talk when he's taken to the therapist, and refuses to change despite punishment, and is too young to be charged with anything...what else can you do? I agree that abandoning your kid is awful, but it's possible that they were so desperate, they thought the only way to get more help was to do something drastic.


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