Viktor Alexander Matthey (Viktor Sergievich Tulimov)

Viktor Matthey: age 6, of Hunterdon County, New Jersey died of cardiac arrest due to hypothermia after adoptive parents Robert and Brenda Matthey locked him overnight in a damp unheated pump room. Viktor was also severely beaten by his adoptive father. The Matthey's attended a Pentacostal (AG) church and homeschooled their children. Both parents are sentenced to 10 years for confining Viktor to a pump room, 10 years for excessive corporal punishment and 7 years for failing to provide medical care. The sentences run concurrently. Viktor, along with twin bio brothers,  was adopted from Blagoschevensk, Amur, Russia 10 months before his death. The twins are now adopted by Robert's mother who has disavowed her son. Both Mattheys were released from jail in Fall 2008.
Memorial site:
Star Ledger Special Report series
Date: 2000-10-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Organizations: Bethany Christian Services, , Hawthorne NJ


Organizations: AMREX


Organizations: Adoption Alliance (CO)

Post placement

Organizations: Bethany Christian Services, , Hawthorne NJ


Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
United States
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Grandmother sues so brothers will get money recovered from 7-year-old Viktor Matthey's death2010-03-30
Extended family: Rescued twins honor brother and meet siblings in Russia2009-01-24
Some Americans adopt Russian children to feel superior by humiliating them2008-06-02
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
Mattheys sentenced to 4 years for Viktor's death2007-05-10
Pair admit causing adopted son's 2000 death2007-04-13
Coercive Restraint Therapies: A Dangerous Alternative Mental Health Intervention2005-08-09
Jailed couple's lawyers seek change in venue2005-07-12
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling2004-05-21
With hearts of sadness, Russians express satisfaction2004-05-20
An emotional week leaves jury drained2004-05-20
Mattheys convicted of abusing Viktor2004-05-20
Worlds apart in Matthey case2004-04-25
THE MATTHEY TRIAL: Mattheys' character at heart of defense 2004-04-19
Another brother describes beatings of Viktor Matthey2004-03-12
Adoptive parents go on trialJury hears divergent accounts of Russian boy's life, death 2004-03-11
Extra testimony denied for trial in boy's death 2002-08-21
The short life of Viktor Alexander Matthey2001-10-28
DYFS takes couple's six children from relative; Mother and father charged in boy's death 2001-02-16
Some Adoptive Parents See Hope Turning to Horror2001-02-11
Adopted Siberian Boy's Death Is Investigated in New Jersey 2000-11-16
Hunterdon couple are charged in death of adopted Russian son 2000-11-09
Three adopted Russian brothers adjust to new life in Raritan Twp. 2000-01-02


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