Russia wants US to charge nurse who returned adopted son
Published 14/04/2010 | 05:00
RUSSIA is pressing for charges against the American nurse who returned her adopted seven-year-old son alone on a plane to Moscow.
Torry Ann Hansen (33) sent Artyom Savelyev on a flight last week. The child travelled with a note from his adoptive mother saying: "I no longer wish to parent this child", and claiming he was "mentally unstable".
The incident caused anger in Russia and the foreign minister threatened to freeze all adoptions to the US. Pavel Astakhov, Russia's ombudsman for children's rights, urged officials in Tennessee, where Miss Hansen lives, to bring criminal charges.
He said: "If the Americans consider that Artyom is a US citizen, then they should bring criminal charges against the woman who left the child on his own without supervision and sent a US citizen to another country."
Adoption experts have said there would be strong grounds to prosecute Miss Hansen.
But US authorities say they are struggling to work out whether she broke any federal law. A lawyer acting for Miss Hansen said that his client would not discuss her actions unless she was legally obliged to do so.
Artyom, an orphan from Siberia, is staying in a Moscow hospital pending a decision on his future. (© Daily Telegraph, London)