Another adopted Russian
boy beaten to death in US
Ivan Skorobogatov, adopted by an American family from Russia’s
Chelyabinsk region, was allegedly killed by his adoptive parents, TASS
news agency reports.
was adopted in 2003 together with his twin sister Dasha (Elizabeth) by
Michael J. Craver, 45, and Nanette L. Craver, 54, and moved to Carroll
Township in Pennsylvania.
the US he was given a new name, Nathaniel Michael Craver.
August 20, 2009, his parents brought him unconscious into the local Holy
Spirit Hospital. They said that a day before he had fallen from stairs
and hit his head on an oven head. The condition of the boy left no other
choice but to put him on life support.
days later, the family insisted that Nathaniel be taken off life
support. One more day he struggled for life on his own, but died on
autopsy revealed that the boy’s death was caused by a number of
traumatic brain injuries. He had over 80 external injuries, 20 of which
were to the head.
investigation was launched. The Cravers insisted the boy had had a
predisposition to destructiveness and self-mutilation.
took half a year to collect evidence, and now the Craver couple has been
arrested. They are accused of first-degree murder.
hearings are set for March 31.
say the twin sister of the murdered Nathaniel Michael Craver is safe and
being cared for.
response to his death a Russian senator has forwarded a proposal to
introduce a temporary moratorium on American parents adopting Russian
orphans, information agency RIA-Novosti reported.
Petrenko, the Head of the Parliament’s Committee on Social Policies,
said that the situation should be discussed with the US Department of
State, but for the time being, no Russian children should be adopted by
stressed that the life of a child is priceless and the damage can never
be undone even if the guilty parties are punished.
agencies, however, are worried that this issue could become a political
child has a right to a family, so a potential moratorium on US adoption
may be ”counterproductive’,”Aleksandra
Panasova, from Spanish adoption agency AAIM, told RT. “Fifteen
cases of children dying abroad have been registered over the last 15
years, which is far less than the number of orphans dying in Russia.”
Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched its own criminal
investigation into the boy’s death. The committee’s spokesman
Vladimir Markin also pointed out that it was not the first time when a
Russian child adopted by an American couple dies, referring to the scandalous
case of Dmitry Yakovlev.
diligence on its way
Investigative Committee of Russia's Prosecutor General Office has
announced plans to examine the legality of the adoption of Nathaniel
Craver (Ivan Skorobogatov) and his sister by an American family.
RIA Novosti news agency reports, the procedures leading to adoption are
going to be verified, specifically whether an accredited adoption agency
was involved in the case or the adoption was performed independently.
was also noted that American officials have not reported the incident to
their Russian counterparts within the legally required period. Any
information concerning tragic events involving adopted children, family
change or improper performance of parental authority in respect to
adopted children must be handed over to the Russian side within five
US State Department is working closely with the Pennsylvania officials
investigating the case and has already arranged a meeting with Russian
diplomats to discuss the issue more closely.
Ivan, who was 7 years
old, became the 15th Russian child since 1996 to die in the US after
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