Adopted Russian boy murdered by US mother—Moscow


MOSCOW—A woman in the US state of Texas has killed her adopted Russian son, the Kremlin’s envoy for children said Monday, outlining the latest alleged abuse of an adopted Russian child by American parents.

“A three-year-old Russian child has been murdered by his adoptive mother in the state of Texas,” ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on his office’s Twitter feed @RFdeti.

“Three-year-old Maxim was beaten (according to the investigators) by his adoptive mother, who fed him psychoactive drugs over a long period of time,” he said, expressing dismay that the US State Department kept silent about the case.

“He died before the arrival of the ambulance called by his adoptive mother. According to the autopsy report, the boy had many injuries.”

Russia has long complained about the treatment of Russian orphans adopted by American parents and in December controversially passed a law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans.

In a coordinated move, both Russia’s foreign ministry and the Investigative Committee quickly put out statements regarding the case of Maxim Kuzmin, who died on January 21, according to the ministry’s human rights envoy.

The death is “yet another case of inhuman torture of a Russian child adopted by US parents,” said commissioner Konstantin Dolgov.

He said the parents gave the boy the drug Risperdal used to treat adult schizophrenia and his body had signs of beatings. He added that child protection services said that the boy died “due to abusive treatment by the adoptive mother L. Shatto.”

“We are forced to declare that the US State Department—unlike the authorities of Ector county—did not help our consulate representatives in finding out the causes of a new fatal incident with a Russian child in the United States,” Dolgov said in a videoed statement.

An obituary for a boy named Max Alan Shatto of Ector County, posted on the website of Owens memorial funeral home, identified his parents as Alan and Laura Shatto. He died on Monday afternoon, January 21, the website says.

“Max, you were not with us long enough to leave fingerprints on the walls but you left fingerprints upon our hearts,” the obituary said.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said it began to look into the case and may eventually open a criminal probe once they look at documents provided by the foreign ministry and Astakhov.

Russia had previously complained about unfair rulings in cases of abuse of Russian children by American adoptive parents. In December, President Vladimir Putin said that the US court system “often simply does not react” to crimes against adoptees and “frees people who carry out crimes against children from justice.”

“Is it normal, when you are humiliated?” Putin fumed at a press conference as he explained the reasons for the adoption ban. “You shouldn’t humiliate the country.”

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  • kilawon(the return)

    the arrogance of americans they think ,they are above to all ! good job pres. putin !

    • Estee Muri


             While my heart goes to the boy who can not defend himself  since he  is just a young  kid,  but in a democratic  country like ours, we need to listen the other  side of the story, give that woman a benefit  of a doubt,so to speak.  I just can not understand as to why there was no Social Services  involve.Surely, there should be  neighbors  or friends who   saw  what actually happened to this  child.I do not condone the action of  someone who maltreat a child  but then  we live in a democratic country, so we still, have to hear the story of  the other side, albeit  as painful as it maybe specially we know  how  the court  system  of a democratic country works.It will take years and years  ,parang pagong .

  • Avery_23

    Yeah. The adoption needs to be banned.

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    There are two to three sides to a coin. Let us hear the American side. Russia has been exporting not only its orphaned children to the world but also many of its people especially women are looking to get out of the country for a place in the sun.

  • Sarah

    Russian hypocrites…as their orphans starve and young girls are made into sex slaves.

  • MishkinDress

    This adoptive mother should stuff her fat face with anti-psychotic drugs. If you don’t want this child why u go there for adaption? 

  • MishkinDress

    This adoptive mother should stuff her fat face with anti-psychotic drugs. “Parents” if you don’t want this children why u go there and adapt them?

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