Ohio prosecutor who charged couple with abandoning adopted son will pursue similar cases

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.

A national adoption advocate says the case underscores that adoptive parents have legal obligations.

The suburban Cincinnati couple was indicted on a misdemeanor count each of nonsupport of dependents. They haven't responded to telephone messages.