NEW YORK, March 8 (Itar-Tass) — Former foster mother of Russian boy Artem Savelyev – US citizen Torry Hansen who sent him back to his homeland, will have to pay him maintenance. This decision was made by Judge in Lynchburg (Tennessee) Lee Russell at a court hearing in Hansen’s case on Wednesday. Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell in Tennessee ruled that she must pay child support for the boy whom she sent back to Russia alone in April 2010.
Thus, the judge granted the request of the World Association of Children and Parents (WACAP) - one of the two US agencies that filed a lawsuit against Hansen demanding to make a decision on this case in their favour because of the defendant’s absence in court.
Torry Hansen, who has repeatedly ignored court summons, also failed to appear at the court meeting on Wednesday, when the last hearing was held. In a letter sent to the court on Tuesday Hansen explained this by the fact that she no longer lives in Tennessee and moved to California.
In April 2010, Artem Savelyev, 7, arrived in Moscow by plane from Washington. The boy, who arrived alone, had only a backpack with clothes, a Russian passport with a US visa and a letter to the RF Ministry of Education with the notice of the adoption’s cancellation. The foster mother - American Torry Hansen, said in the letter that “no longer wished to parent this child.” She claimed the child was “mentally unstable” and that his problems were hidden from her by Russian orphanage officials before she adopted him.
“He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues/behaviour. I was lied to and misled by the Russian orphanage workers and director regarding his mental stability,” Hansen wrote.
The adoption agency, World Association for Children and Parents, had sued Hansen for breach of contract and child support for the boy.