Mom sends adopted boy back to Russia with note: I no longer wish to parent this child
By Lindsay Goldwert
Daily News Writer
Friday, April 9th 2010, 2:37 PM
Two nations are in an uproar over an American woman who returned her adopted son to his native Russia as though he was a defective item to be shipped back to a department store.
Seemingly happily matched at a Siberian orphanage last year, authorities were stunned to find that Torry-Ann Hansen of Tennessee sent her adopted 7-year-old son Artem Saveliev back home to Russia by himself with a note demanding the adoption be annulled, the U.K. Daily Mail reports.
The pale sandy-haired boy got off the plane in Moscow with no idea why he had been sent back.
According to the letter he had in his hand, Hansen accused the orphanage of lying to her about Artem’s mental condition and cared only about finding someone to adopt him.
“He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues/behaviors,” she wrote. “After giving my best to this child, I am sorry to say that for the safety of my family, friends and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child.”
The Russians deny her claims, admitting that the boy was stubborn but that his only disability was that he was "flat-footed."
Officials say they are appalled that a woman would take a child all the way from Siberia to Tennessee, promise him a new life, change his last name to hers, only to change her mind and ship him back.