NW Indiana official indicted in adoption case

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Associated Press

Posted on October 29, 2010 at 12:03 AM

THAYER, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana county leader has been indicted on misconduct and other charges over her role in her daughter and son-in-law's effort to adopt a Florida woman's children.

Newton County commission President Roxanna Hanford was booked Thursday and released on bond.

The charges include official misconduct, profiting from an adoption and obstruction of justice. State police say child welfare officials asked them to investigate.

Hanford tells The Associated Press she acted properly and sought no financial gain. The 53-year-old Democrat from Thayer says the pre-election indictment is politically motivated.

Hanford says her daughter and son-in-law now have custody and are working to adopt the four children, ages 2, 3, 4 and 6.

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