Artyom Saveliev was 7 years old when he was adopted by an American women named Torry Hansen. She picked him up from an orphanage in Russia and took him home to the US to start a new life.
Less than a year later, Hansen decided she didn’t want Artyom anymore. She put him on a plane to Moscow – unaccompanied – with a note, which read said ‘I no longer wish to parent this child’.
She said it was because of Artyom’s behavioral problems that she did not want to be his mother anymore.
“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,” she wrote.
Last week, Hansen made her first appearance in court. She lost her bid to keep from paying $150,000 in child support and other damages, which are to be held in a trust for Artyom – who now lives in a group home in Moscow.