Adoptive Parents Abandon Their Son And Then Try To Get Him Back

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Cleveland and Lisa CoxBy Lillian Armstead

Cleveland and Lisa Cοx abandoned a child they had adopted since he was a baby.  Now the couple claims they want him back because he has gotten the help he needs – they now feel comfortable inviting him back into their home.  The couple alleges that during the time the child lived with them, he threatened them with a knife.

The couple pleaded not guilty to charges surrounding the incident stated their attorney, Anthony VanNoy.  VanNoy added that the couple has received enormous support from the community and will not accept a plea deal in this case.

‘The whole goal of the context of children services has always been to get help for the child,’ VanNoy said Wednesday.  ‘The blessing is that there has been an awareness of people that there are families that are struggling and they need help, added VanNoy.

The County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser is encouraged by VanNoy’s comments; ‘One always hopes in a long process such as this that there is a silver lining,’ Gmoser said.

According to court documents, the Cοx’s never planned on leaving the boy in the care of the state forever.  However, they could face jail time – 6 months and $1,000 fine if found guilty of the misdemeanor charge of nonsupport of a dependent.  A trial set for February 10, 2014 will determine the couple’s fate.

Adolfo Olivas, an attorney appointed by the court to protect the boy’s interests, said the emotionally hurt and confused child is now receiving help that the parents should have gotten for him.  Now the adoption community is concerned that the boy has been emotionally damaged following the couples drastic measures forcing him to leave their home.

This could be a ‘time bomb’ waiting to explode if the state allows the boy to go back with the Cοx’s.    Will another altercation emerge if the couple is granted custody of the child?


  1. Sumayyah

    January 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Ester this situation is completely different these parents weren’t some poor helpless family. They live in an upper class neighborhood and have a income well over 100,000 a year! They could have afforded to get him whatever help he needed! They had this boy since he was 3 months old.

  2. Sharron White

    January 27, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I have married a man that have adopted 3 girls from the State and yes all 3 are damage goods! He and his ex wife now realize that the State withheld that information from them. The girls all have emotional, mental illness, behavior issues, ADHD, ADD, MR, ODD all these damn issues. So problems started when the ex wife were trying to give the kids back to the STATE. Not only did the State tell them that legally my husband and his ex wife would be paying the State child support until the State find another home for the kids. I personal think this is a whole bunch of crap however They the State are basic saying they didn’t ask the correct questions about the girls background before they invited them into their home. Ad you know when you buy a car ” AS IS NO WARRANTY”. Well I am living proof one of the girls are with me and my husband and I suggest to him that he and his ex wife need to SUE the state for NOT enclosing that information contained the health, and medical issues of those kids. The youngest daughter has major issues with her behavior and mental health illnesses as well. Someone need to pay for NOT telling the truth. No if I were those parents I would not bring that kid back into their home nor will I ever adopt a kid from the State.

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