Parents: Adopted Son Who Died Harmed Himself

Date: 2010-10-20
Source: cbsnews.com

Parents Accused In Death Of Son, 7, Adopted From Russia, Say In Court Filings He Harmed Self

(AP) YORK, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania parents defending themselves against homicide charges in the death of a 7-year-old boy they adopted from Russia said in court filings this week that they sought medical help because the boy repeatedly hurt himself.

Michael J. Craver, 46, and Nanette L. Craver, 54, of Dillsburg argued that their son, Nathaniel, had been diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder, which includes a tendency to injure one's self.

A developmental neuropsychologist told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that it was possible that Nathaniel unwittingly injured himself to the point of death, but cautioned against speculation without a full evaluation of his development.

"I've had a kid who chewed his hand off," said Dr. Ron Federici. "I had a kid who poked an eye out. Kids who cut themselves with no pain."

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the couple, saying Nathaniel had been tortured.

Authorities said Michael Craver showed up at a Camp Hill hospital in August 2009, telling doctors he found the child in bed, unresponsive. After he died a few days later, police said he suffered a traumatic brain injury, had about 80 external injuries and had been malnourished.

The York Dispatch said Wednesday that the Cravers argued they provided significant medical care to their children, including at facilities in Dillsburg, Lancaster and Philadelphia. Nathaniel also received psychiatric care, the defense motion said.

Nathaniel Craver's twin sister is living with a family member, The York Dispatch reported. The paper said a judge gave Nanette Craver permission to write and receive letters from the girl, a right her husband was granted last month. County child welfare authorities can review the letters beforehand.

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Ah, listen to the media-supported 'professional' hype

Time and time again, I see, read, and hear how an AP will quickly and readily jump and  point all sorts of angry, frustrated, dysfunctional fingers to each and every "troubled" adoptee, showing anyone who will listen, "SEE?  SEE What we poor traumatized/victimized adoptive parents must go through?!?!" . 

A developmental neuropsychologist told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that it was possible that Nathaniel unwittingly injured himself to the point of death, but cautioned against speculation without a full evaluation of his development.

"I've had a kid who chewed his hand off," said Dr. Ron Federici. "I had a kid who poked an eye out. Kids who cut themselves with no pain."

Plenty has been written about Federici and his practices ... and I often wonder if in his perfectly flawed Adoptionworld, each and every adoptee does and will, have Reactive Attachment Disorder.  [Such a wish sure would make good business for those getting into the ever-growing specialty called Attachment Therapy.] 

What concerns me is this suggested notion that a self-harming child could not possibly have been murdered by angry AP's or sick demented therapists doing horrific things to children in the name of 'therapy'.  See:  Candace Newmaker (Candace Tiara Elmore)

For discussion-sake, let's say little 7 year-old Nathaniel Michael Craver - (Ivan Skorobogatov) was in-fact a profoundly damaged psycho boy, who according to his death-penalty facing AP's, caused his own death by repeatedly hurting himself.  With Dr Federici (who, BTW, also claims to specialize with autistic children) supporting that claim by telling eager-to-report media-sources the child unwittingly injured himself to the point of death; does this mean Federici/"innovative" therapy used on adoptees as it exists in past and current practice would have saved this child?   OR is it quite possible the many 'professional suggestions' made by Attachment Therapists and wanna-be doctors do in fact make matters much worse for not only the troubled psycho adoptee, but the AP, as well?   

for discussions sake

I'd like to go with you, for discussions sake and assume for a minute (but not much longer) that Nathaniel Michael Craver caused his own death by repeatedly hurting himself. Before going into the attachment therapy angle, I would like to ask the question what this says about the adoptive parents. Of course legally that would get them off the hook for child torture and murder, but it would make them criminally negligent to say the least. Nathaniel Michael Craver was only a seven-year-old boy, so where were these parents when the boy allegedly hurt himself over and over again? His mother was home schooling him and his sister, so they were not latch-key kids with plenty of time to do bad things to themselves.

On top of that, in a previous defense, the adoptive parents claimed Nathaniel Michael Craver fell off the stairs, a similar claim as made in the case of Mia Depaillat, the Boy adopted by Randal and Christine Arnold, the Boy adopted by Steven and Mikelann Renwick , Christine Montalbano, Adam Stein, the Girl adopted by Theresa McNulty, Andrew Ibarra.

The innovative therapy Ronald Federici practiced in the video you link to (unfortunately he was able to have it removed from YouTube), doesn't seem all that different from this video, featuring the work of Martha Welch, who apparently is very "good" with autistic children too. No one in his right mind can claim this is to the benefit of children, but it certainly is good for business. Ronald Federici has been able to make a name for himself, and is now even directly involved in adoptions from Russia.

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