Sheila McLaughlin reports:
A Liberty Township woman who dropped her 9-year-old son at Butler County Children Services pleaded guilty to attempted abandonment Monday while trying to reunite with the troubled boy.
Lisa Cox entered a plea to the misdemeanor in Butler County Common Pleas Court as prosecutors dismissed a charge of nonsupport of a dependent against her husband, Cleveland Cox.
The charge against Cleveland Cox was dropped because it would have jeopardized his security clearance at his job, Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said in a press release.
“This case was never intended to do more harm than good, and jeopardizing his employment would not have been in the best interest of justice or society,” Gmoser said.
The couple were scheduled to go on trial Feb. 10 for nonsupport. The charge meant that the Coxes recklessly abandoned or failed to provide adequate support for the child, whom they adopted as an infant.
A grand jury charged the Coxes in October after they dropped the child off at children services with a bag of his clothes. A conviction carried a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.