Adoptive Mom to be Investigated for Neglect

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A Tennessee woman is being investigated for child neglect after sending her adopted son back to his native country of Russia alone.

The 7-year-old arrived in Moscow unaccompanied on April 8 via a flight from Washington, D.C.

Russian officials say the boy, whose American name is Justin Hansen, was carrying a letter from his adoptive mother, Torry Ann Hansen. The note said she was returning him because he had severe psychological problems.

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Already, three Russian families have come forward and have asked to adopt the child.

International Outrage

The incident has stunned both U.S. and Russian officials and prompted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to call for a freeze on all U.S. adoptions.

"We have taken the suggest a freeze on any adoptions to American families until Russia and the U.S. sign an international agreement" on the conditions for adoptions and the obligations of host families, Lavrov said.

However, Sergey Rakhuba with Russian Ministries says the government-controlled media is using the incident to bash Russia's chief rival, the U.S.

"General Russian media is making a huge swing against America politicizing this issue," he said. "Russians they say 'We have to protect our children, we have to ban international adoption, especially we have to not send our kids anymore to the United States.'"

Victim or Villain?

The adoptive American grandmother of the boy says her daughter, a 33-year-old unmarried nurse in Shelbyville, Tenn., only wanted to have a family.

She says Russian orphanage officials lied to her daughter about the boy "because they wanted to get rid of him."

Debbie Robinson, a family counselor who is also executive director of Miriam's Promise, a Christian adoption agency in Nashville, says there were other options to sending the boy back.

"This child could have been placed with the state of Tennessee for temporary foster care, and then placed for adoption," Robinson said. "This child could have been placed with a qualified licensed agency for placement services, so that we could have found somebody like us."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow says that a delegation of high-level State Department officials will meet with their Russian counterparts for consultations on adoptions.

U.S. officials want to reassure Moscow that such an incident will never happen again.

"We're willing to talk about some sort of bilateral understanding where we would ensure that these kinds of things could not happen," John Beyrle, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, told CBS's "The Early Show" on Tuesday.

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