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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) Court documents say an Ohio couple accused of abandoning the adopted 9-year-old son they raised from infancy didn't tell him they were giving him to child welfare officials.

Documents filed by prosecutors in Hamilton say the boy's mother thought he was a threat to the family's safety. The documents include a letter the mother wrote saying she prayed he would find another family to love him.

Parents Lisa and Cleveland Cox pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of nonsupport of dependents.

Prosecutors have accused the couple of abandoning the boy by leaving him with children's services. A defense attorney says "very difficult issues" are involved.