Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Two months before a Butler County couple turned their 9-year-old adopted son over to children services, the mother told authorities that she had tried to get the child help and had even considered putting him up for adoption again.
This time the boy was threatening to kill everyone in the house with a steak knife, Lisa Cox told a Butler County dispatcher in an emotional 911 call obtained by The Enquirer.
It was one of many outbursts for the child who had been hospitalized at least twice of psychiatric problems. But this one was the most severe, Cox told the dispatcher just before noon on Aug. 9.
And her other children, age 13 and 5, were home with her while her husband was at work.
“He’s on medication. He’s seeing a psychiatrist. This is the first time he’s gone like this. He’s ransacked my house. We are locked in the bedroom and he keeps disassembling pens,” said Cox, who with her husband Cleveland pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of not paying support for the child.
Cox said the boy needed help.
“But I can’t get it. Right now I have adoption papers on my table … because I’ve tried everything else. Nobody thinks there is anything wrong with him,” Cox told the dispatcher.
“I’ve been trying to put this off. I haven’t wanted it to come to this. I don’t want police cars in my driveway but I can’t help it this time.”
The Coxes remained free Wednesday on $1,000 bonds paid when they turned themselves into the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 15. A trial date on the misdemeanor non-support charge is set for Feb. 10.
The Coxes and their attorney Anthony VanNoy also appeared on a dependency case Wednesday in Butler County Juvenile Court, where a magistrate continued future hearings on who gets custody of the child. Neither the Coxes nor VanNoy would comment.
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