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Mom Who Sent Adopted Russian Boy Back on One-Way Flight Must Pay $150K Plus Monthly $1K Support


A mother who sent her adopted Russian son back to his home country on a one-way flight in 2010 must pay $150,206 damages for breach of the adoption contract, legal fees and back child support, plus $1,000 per month in child support, beginning June 1, until he turns 18, a Tennessee judge has ruled.

Applying a March ruling, Bedford County Circuit Judge Lee Russell imposed these amounts Thursday on Torry Hansen, whose 10-year-old son, Artyom Saveliev, is now living in a group home in Russia, according to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

The damages were sought in a lawsuit filed by the agency that handled the adoption, the World Association for Children and Parents.

Hansen, who defaulted in the Tennessee case, is reportedly seeking a California Superior Court order to enforce what she says is an order by the Russian Federation Supreme Court annulling the adoption.

Because of his adoption by Hansen, the boy is a U.S. citizen, the article notes.

Hat tip: Associated Press.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Woman Who Returned Adopted Son to Russia Faces Lawsuit by Adoption Agency”

ABAJournal.com: “Mom Ordered to Pay Child Support for Adopted Boy She Sent Back to Russia”

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