Judge upholds child support order in Russian adoption case

07/15/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Lewisburg, Tennessee – A judge has upheld a court’s decision to order child support from a woman who sent her adopted child to Moscow alone on a plane, after deciding she no longer wanted him. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Torry Hansen appeared in court Friday as Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell upheld his previous decision that she pay $150,000 in child support for Artyom Saveliev, whom she alleged had behavioral problems that prompted her to return the 7-year-old child she had adopted from Russia to the country.

The World Association for Children and Parents sued Hansen for support of the child last year. Russell initially ordered the $150,000 in child support from her in May.

Brentwood attorney Larry Crain, an attorney for the adoption agency, is quoted by the AP as stating of the controversy surrounding the case, “I believe even the accord last week was due to the fact that finally this court, when no one else would step up and do anything for this child, finally this court did … Now we believe there are safeguards in place to prevent this from ever happening again.”

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