Luke Evans (Sergei Nakonechny)

One-and-a-half-year-old Luke Evans, adopted by Steven and Natalie Fabian Evans, died of massive head injuries, shaken baby syndrome, and poor nutrition. Natalie Fabian Evans, stated that she couldn't wake Luke one morning and so placed him in a tub of water to "stimulate him" where she says he may have bumped his head on the tub. The authorities took a year to investigate the case.  Luke was adopted from Inozemtsevo, Stavropol, Russia and had been in the US for 6 months prior to his death. Luke had a brother Alec 3, who was adopted at the same time as him.
On June 30, 2006 Natalie Fabian Evans was found not guilty.
Date: 2001-11-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Undetermined



Lowell, Indiana
United States
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TFR promises to punish those responsible for the deaths of Americans orphans from Russia2013-02-21
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
Jury: Mom not guilty in death; Natalie Evans, accused of killing 16-month-old son, acquitted of all charges2006-07-01
Mother recalls death of son: 'Oh my God, wake up' 2006-06-30
Natalie Fabian Evans testifies in her murder trial2006-06-30
Mom tells jury about day her son died; Natalie Evans testifies adopted son didn't bond with those around him2006-06-30
Mom innocent in baby's death2006-06-30
Expert disputes brain injury allegations 2006-06-29
Friends back mom on trial; Evans sought assistance to address developmental challenges of adopted son. 2006-06-28
'Hard on children,' dad says; Toddler's adoptive dad testifies against former wife accused of murder 2006-06-27
Cousin testifies against Evans; Woman's ex co-worker said she asked her to take child before his death. 2006-06-24
Doctor: Baby's death a 'textbook' case 2006-06-23
Boy's medical history, final hours recounted; Woman's relationship with adoptive son focus at trial 2006-06-22
Munster woman on trial for death of toddler; Authorities allege Luke Evans, 16 months, died of shaken baby syndrome. 2006-06-20
Abuse, deaths, prompt Russian to adopt new rules2006-06-04
Trial in infant's death delayed; Cedar Creek Township woman accused of murder; son had been adopted. 2005-04-10
Trial reset for Munster woman 2005-04-06
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling2004-05-21
Questions raised in death of toddler; Other cases of abuse involving adopted Russian children: 2002-12-23


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