US COUPLE SENTENCED FOR ABUSING ADOPTED KIDS FROM RUSSIA
A U.S. couple from the state of Utah accused of beating and starving their two adopted children from Russia have been sentenced to probation, with jail time and fines stayed pending their adherence to probationary rules, Associated Press reported.
Teresa Hansen, 41, and her husband, Reed Hansen, 38, are now required to pay $35,000 into a trust fund for the two children, who now live with other families. The children can use the money for college or church missions at 18, and whatever money remains will be turned over to them at 25.
The Hansens originally were charged with felonies and were accused of withholding food as a form of punishment, beating the children with a wooden stick and forcing one to sleep in a bathtub without a blanket or pajamas.
On Monday, 4th District Judge Gary D. Stott sentenced Teresa Hansen to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines, which will be imposed if she does not complete two years of probation and pay the money into the trust. Reed Hansen was sentenced to six months in jail and $2,000 in fines with the same requirements. Stott said the probationary period could be shortened if the money is paid into the trust early.
The brother and sister, who were adopted from Russia, were 4 and 5 when the charges were filed. They are 7 and 8 now and live with new adopted families, are doing well in school and are happy and healthy, Utah County Deputy Attorney Sherry Ragan said.
The Hansens also have three biological children, of whom they still have custody.
Prosecutors have said they were satisfied with the plea agreement, which spared the children a lengthy trial and provides for them financially.