Unwanted Adopted Boy Sent
Back To Russia
Sky News Friday, April
9 03:27 pm
Young Artem Savelyev
arrived at Moscow airport with the typed note from his adoptive mother
which said he was being abandoned after only six months in her care.
Torry-Ann Hansen had
admitted to having made a mistake and suggested the boy should be
"I no longer wish
to parent this child," the unmarried 27-year-old nurse from
Tennessee wrote, requesting his adoption be annulled.
She accused the boy's
Siberian orphanage of misleading her about Artem's behavioural problems.
Hansen had placed
sweets, biscuits and colouring pens in the child's rucksack before
checking him onto the 10-hour flight as an unaccompanied minor,
reportedly telling him he was going on an "excursion" to
Russia media has
reacted with horror to the case and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov
called for all adoptions of the country's children by US citizens to be
He said the suspension
must be upheld until Russia and the US conclude an agreement on terms
"specifying responsibilities" by the host family.
Artem is an only-child,
whose only known relative - his birth mother - was relieved of her
motherhood rights in 2008.
He was picked up at the
airport on Thursday by a Russian man who took him to the city's
education ministry, where the youngster was left.
The man told officials
he had been offered $200 (approximately £130) over the internet by
Hansen to perform the service.
Artem has since been
taken to hospital, where an examination revealed no signs of violent
But he reportedly told
officials he was sometimes "dragged by his hair" by Hansen.
The boy will be kept in
for a week before being transferred to an orphanage, either at the
foreign ministry or in his home town in the far eastern Primoriye
The regional court had
sanctioned his adoption in autumn 2009, a year after he was separated
from his birth mother.
story of his abandonment came on a day American-Russian relations were
strengthened in Prague.
US President Barack
Obama and Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev put their signatures on a
historic nuclear arms reduction treaty.
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