Russian girl killed in U.S. was adopted legally

Date: 2005-07-11

Russian prosecutors say that the adoption of a 2-year-old Russian girl allegedly killed by her American adoptive mother Peggy Sue Hilt was legal. According to the information, given by an adoption agency which took part in the adoption, the Hilts had had "stable and happy relationship," with a "positive experience" in bringing up an adopted child.

Investigators began looking into the adoption of Nina Hilt after the girl died earlier this month in Virginia. Her adoptive mother, Peggy Sue Hilt, 33, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was arrested last week and charged with the girl's murder, reports the AP.

The Interfax news agency reported Monday that Russian prosecutors found the girl was adopted with no violations of federal regulations. The agency cited a senior aide to prosecutor Alexander Semyonov in the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

Hilt's arrest came just weeks after Russian authorities stripped three U.S.-based adoption agencies of their accreditation, saying they failed to monitor the children's well-being in their adoptive families. Earlier this year, an Illinois woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the death of her 6-year-old son, who died weeks after she and her husband adopted the boy from Russia.

About 20,000 children are adopted in the United States each year, with Russian children accounting for some 25 percent of their total number. At least 12 adopted Russian children have died since 1996.


Why do people adopt only to

Why do people adopt only to kill? Nina was a petite girl with big dark eyes and dark curly hair, as well as pale skin. Being a short girl, her father worried Nina was not eating enough. With guidance from the doctor, the little Nina ate was sufficient. It was because of the lack of bonding between Nina and Peggy. For those who do not know Russia, Irkutsk is in southern Siberia, near the Asian border. I do not think Russian adoptions for healthy children should be done anymore---shouldn't u.s. adoptions be required instead?

Healthy children, unhealthy APs

I do not think Russian adoptions for healthy children should be done anymore---

Thankfully, some in Russia would agree.  [See:  Putin's response to Russia-USA adoption agreement.]

I believe PPL's abuse archives help illustrate just how poorly some adoption agencies (and their associated "independent" social workers hired to complete home-studies) are doing in terms of weeding-out unfit PAPs and preparing PAPs for the children they will receive through adoption services.

When too much focus is given to an agency's profit margin (read: excuative salaries made in the not-for-profit industry) and meeting adoption quotas, the needs of parents and children will become secondary, even tertiary... and this lower-status on child-placement's totum pole ultimately puts the lives of others at risk.

Nina's story is just one example of many. 

As far as reading an adoptee's POV on this subject, I suggest readers read kimette's piece, Adopted to be abused?  Her words express the need for more comprehensive PAP screening AND post-placement monitoring... issues too many APs have problems with.

R.I.P. Nina

Nina Viktoria Hilt could've been alive today if only adoption wasn't for taking advantage of this petite girl. Being a really short girl, Nina was as tall as an infant as a 2 year old. It was for taking advantage of her because Peggy demanded Nina. Too many children, regardless of age and size, are demanded to the wrong homes for adoption. Too many children are abused even by AMERICAN parents? This is horrible!

Nina's Truth

No, Nina did not have ANY tantrums. Her father described her as a petite girl with big dark brown eyes, fair skin, and curly hair. Being a short girl, her father worried Nina wasn't eating enough. Nina later loved eating. Nina might have been very small for her age, but she had a big heart!

Nina is beautiful!

Nina is beautiful! Yes she was petite (which means on the shorter side) and not Aryan (blond hair, blue eyes), but she was beautiful.

Peggy Sue Hilt KILLS Nina Viktoria Hilt? This is heartbreaking..

This horrible monster of a lady had NO right to kill Nina. It doesn't matter how naughty she was. Yes Nina DID have violent temper tantrums and even bit the mom, but the mom could've just given a warning first and then put Nina in a corner for 5 minutes. I don't understand why people adopt kids only to kill them.

I'm going to talk about the

I'm going to talk about the only two grandkids I'm going to adopt [children get big so fast!]
Well I'm going to start adopting grankids from Belarus [a country in Eastern Europe] with Cerebral Palsy second [because I'm going to adopt American kids from America first], and if the Belarusian child is a boy, he's Aidan. If the child is a girl, she's Olga.
First I'm going to start adopting grandkids from the U.S. [charity for Americans begins by Americans] with Asperger's, a spectrum disorder. If the American child is a boy, he's Ian. If the American child is a girl, she's Irene.
I'm going to use a proper discipline technique when they [as well as the adopted and biological kids] misbehave. First, I give them a warning. Second, if they're being naughty to the point when they need a time-out, they get five minutes on a time-away. 3 to 5 year olds get 5 minutes in the corner, 6 to 11 year olds get a spanking [they don't get timeouts at this age], 12 year old preteens get 5 minutes in their rooms [12 year olds, as well as 3 to 5 year olds, need timeouts], and 13 to 19 year olds can't be in time-out. 13 to 19 year olds get a privilege loss, because a time-out is for a 3 to 5 year old baby or a 12 year old preteen.
I do not think healthy Russian kids should be available for adoption anymore!

And if they already have names?

What a very specific order you expect the mothers of Belarus and the US to fill for you. Would you like fries or onion rings with your CP Olga and your Asperger's Ian?

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