• Russian Boy Abandoned

An American woman, Torry Hansen, who adopted a Russian boy and later sent him back to Moscow on a one-way flight has been ordered to pay a sum of $150,000 and an additional $1,000 per month in child support until he is an adult.


Torry Hansen was living in Shelbyville, Tennessee, when she sent her then 7-year old son on a plane alone back to Moscow in April 2010. A note that was pinned on the boy said he was violent and she no longer wanted to keep him.


Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell in Tennessee ruled last month that Hansen must pay child support for the boy until he is 18, in a lawsuit brought by her former adoption agency.  Lee said the $150,000 Hansen must pay includes damages for breach of contract, legal fees and support for the boy.


Pavel Astakhov, the children’s rights commissioner, has now said he wants Hansen, who has sued him in a Moscow court, to testify at the hearing scheduled for next month.  The case created an international uproar and prompted Russia to temporarily halt its adoption program with the U.S.  The adoption agency sued Hansen to deter others from doing anything similar and to show the Russians that you cannot do this in America and get away with it.


Hansen, a 34 year-old nurse, has repeatedly failed to appear in court and at depositions involving the care of Artem Saveliev, who is nearly ten.  Hansen has since moved to Redding, California and has hired a court reporter to attend the hearing.


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