Dennis Gene Merryman (Denis Uritsky)

8 year old boy adopted by Samuel and Donna Merryman. Died after suffering cardiac arrest brought on by starvation. He weighed 37 pounds, 2 lbs less than his weight at adoption. Both adoptive parents were arrested and charged with manslaughter and first degree child abuse resulting in death and reckless endangerment. He was adopted along with his older brother and 2 older sisters from Ochyor, Perm region, Russia almost 5 years before.
Date: 2005-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes



Whiteford, Harford County, Maryland
United States
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Adoptions examined after Russian boy dies 2009-01-02
Merryman kids’ fate uncertain after their parents’ conviction2008-04-22
Starvation Case Has Senator Asking Questions2008-04-20
Prison for child's death2008-04-18
Harford couple sentenced to 22 years after guilty plea in son’s starvation death2008-04-18
Witnesses defend parents guilty of abusing son2008-04-16
Couple plead guilty to abuse in son’s death2008-02-28
Harford couple plead guilty2008-02-26
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
American family starves 8-year-old boy adopted in Russia to death2005-08-08
U.S. Couple Charged With Killing Adopted 8-Year-Old2005-08-08
Russian prosecutors investigating adoption procedure of boy who died in US from starvation2005-08-05
NCFA statement2005-08-05


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