Cou­ple in aban­don­ment case pleads not guilty

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HAMIL­TON | A south­west Ohio cou­ple ac­cused of aban­don­ing the adopted 9-year-old son they raised from in­fancy by giv­ing him to child wel­fare of­fi­cials pleaded not guilty Wed­nes­day.

Cleve­land Cox, 49, and Lisa Cox, 52, are charged with non­sup­port of de­pen­dents. Au­thor­i­ties al­lege the Mid­dle­town cou­ple left the boy with chil­dren’s ser­vices af­ter say­ing he was dis­play­ing ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior and ear­lier threat­ened the fam­ily with a knife. Trial is sched­uled for Feb. 10.

A de­fense at­tor­ney and prose­cu­tor de­clined to com­ment af­ter the hear­ing.

But­ler County Prose­cu­tor Michael Gmoser has said there are le­gal con­se­quences to what he called “reck­less” aban­don­ment. Dubai, a rights group and fam­ily at­tor­ney said Wed­nes­day.

Shezanne Cas­sim, 29, of Wood­bury, Minn., was ar­rested in April and charged with vi­o­lat­ing a 2012 cy­ber­crimes law that boosts penal­ties for al­legedly chal­leng­ing au­thor­i­ties, at­tor­ney Su­san Burns said. He was moved to a max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison in Abu Dhabi in June.

He’s been ac­cused of en­dan­ger­ing na­tional se­cu­rity, and is the first for­eigner ar­rested un­der tougher mea­sures gov­ern­ing In­ter­net use in the United Arab Emi­rates, ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don-based hu­man-rights ac­tivists. Wed­nes­day they’d reached an agree­ment on how to solve the state’s $100 bil­lion pen­sion prob­lem and would be­gin try­ing to per­suade other law­mak­ers to ap­prove it in a spe­cial leg­isla­tive ses­sion next week.

The deal was a sig­nif­i­cant break­through af­ter months of ne­go­ti­a­tions and years of un­heeded calls to shore up what’s con­sid­ered the na­tion’s worst pub­lic pen­sion short­fall.

But get­ting fi­nal ap­proval for the

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