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No refunds: Returned ‘defective’ Russian boy costs adoptive mother $150,000 in child support

14/07/2012
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Russian Orphanage (Photo credit: Hryck.)

Woman who returned Russian boy must pay child support
From Martin Savidge, CNN
July 14, 2012

(CNN) — The American woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia must pay $150,000 in child support, a Tennessee judge reaffirmed Friday.

Torry Hansen’s attorney, Ed Yarbrough, told CNN he will file a motion within a few weeks asking the court to modify or terminate the support, which was first ordered earlier this year.

Artyem Saveliev, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was put on a plane back to Moscow. The Shelbyville, Tennessee, family claimed they feared for their safety after a series of violent episodes from the boy, then 7.

An investigation was launched after the child showed up unannounced at Russia’s child protection ministry with a letter from his adoptive mother asking Russian authorities to annul the adoption.

In the letter, Hansen said the boy was “mentally unstable,” and said she had been misled about his mental condition.

In May, the World Association for Children and Parents said Artyem is still a U.S. citizen and under Tennessee law Hansen is legally considered to be his mother.

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