To Russia with no love for adopted boy (7)
Published 10/04/2010 | 05:00
A US nurse put a seven-year-old Siberian boy she had adopted from a Russian orphanage on a one-way flight to Moscow with a note saying "I no longer wish to parent this child".
A confused and upset-looking Artem Saveliev arrived unaccompanied in Moscow on a flight from Tennessee via Washington, on Thursday. He had with him a rucksack containing colouring pens, sweets and biscuits, which had been packed for the journey.
On his arrival, he gave immigration officials a typed note from his adoptive mother, Torry Ann Hansen, a nurse from Shelbyville, Tennessee, explaining in two succinct paragraphs why she no longer wanted a boy she adopted in September last year.
The case sparked anger in Russia and the foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called for a freeze on adoptions by Americans.
In the letter, addressed to the Russian education ministry and headed simply "To whom it may concern", Ms Hansen said the boy was mentally unstable, violent and had "severe psychopathic issues/behaviours".
She claimed that the orphanage had lied about his "mental stability" in order to "get him out of their orphanage".
Ms Hansen (34) said she had "given my best to this child" but was "sorry to say that for the safety of my family, friends and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child". She added: "As he is a Russian national, I am returning him to your guardianship and would like the adoption disannulled."
Ms Hansen's mother said yesterday that Artem had been violent and angry with her daughter. She said she paid a Russian called Artur $200 (€148) to meet the boy at the airport and take him to the Russian education ministry. (© Daily Telegraph, London)