Logan Higginbotham (Anne Pochetnoy)

Logan Higginbotham of Shelburne, Vermont died of massive head injuries. Adoptive mother Laura Higginbotham, stated that Logan fell and hit her head on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. It took 3 years for the medical examiner to determine whether the case was accidental or homicide. In 2004, Laura Higginbotham pled no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1 year in prison.  Logan was adopted from Smolensk, Russia  in May 1998 and had been in the US for 7 months. Logan's younger sister Layne was adopted at the same time.
Date: 1998-11-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother



Shelburne, Vermont
United States
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Documentsort iconDate
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling2004-05-21
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
Mother Sentenced For Daughter's Death2004-07-16
Private notes - not public
Shelburne mom charged in child's 1998 death 2001-05-23
Shelburne woman charged in death of daughter2001-05-24
Shelburne woman jailed for death of daughter 2004-07-17
State v. Higginbotham2002-12-24
TFR promises to punish those responsible for the deaths of Americans orphans from Russia2013-02-21
The investigation of the death of the criminal cases in the United States adopted Russian children2012-05-12
Toddler's death brings year in jail 2004-07-17
Woman reaches plea deal in daughter's death 2004-07-08


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