CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor says he will pursue criminal abandonment charges in cases similar to the one in which authorities say a couple gave their 9-year-old adopted son to child welfare officials after raising him from infancy.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser (MOH'-zhur) says similar past cases have been handled within the children's services agencies and domestic courts. But he thinks criminal charges should also be considered. He hopes that will serve as a deterrent to adoptive parents who want to return children without justifiable reasons.
Meanwhile, the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that sheriff deputies believe the suburban Cincinnati couple indicted this week on charges of nonsupport of dependents have left their home with their two other children. Investigators are trying to contact them. No other details were immediately available.