Nina Hilt (Viktoria Valeryevna Bazhenova)

2-year-old girl adopted by Chris and Peggy Sue Hilt, died after suffering several blows to her abdomen. In March 2006, Peggy Hilt plead guilty to second degree murder to avoid a charge of first degree murder. She said that she was frustrated due to the lack of bonding between Nina and herself. May 25, 2006, Peggy Hilt was sentenced to 35 years in prison with 10 years suspended. Nina was adopted in January 2004 from Irkutsk, Russia. Nina had an older sister adopted in Ukraine.

Date: 2005-07-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother


Organizations: A Loving Family

Post placement


Wake Forest, North Carolina
United States
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Adoptions examined after Russian boy dies 2009-01-02
From Russia With Love -- Dealing With Difficult Adoptions2008-11-28
About Nina2008-07-15
Forever family forever dead update nina2008-04-00
The hidden risks behind adoption2008-01-01
When Adoption Goes Wrong2007-12-17
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
Couples Hope Sentence Reopens Russian Adoptions2006-05-28
Woman gets 25 years in death of tot she adopted2006-05-26
Mother Sentenced to 25 Years2006-05-26
Mother Admits Killing Daughter2006-03-02
Trial scheduled in 2-year-old's death2006-01-13
Community Gathers To Remember Russian Child Allegedly Beaten By Adoptive Mother2005-07-25
Call for a Freeze on U.S. Adoptions2005-07-20
Slain girl was 2nd couple adopted2005-07-14
Parents Fear Russian Child's Death Could Mean More Obstacles When Adopting2005-07-14
Wake Forest woman charged in child's death2005-07-14
Russia Moves to Tighten Adoption Rules2005-07-12
New adoption death alarms Russia2005-07-12
Alleged Beating Death By N.C. Woman Prompts Probe Of Adoption2005-07-11
Russian girl killed in U.S. was adopted legally2005-07-11
Russia investigating adopted Wake girl's death2005-07-10
N.C. Mother Charged in Child's Beating Death2005-07-08


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