Tenn. mom who sent boy to Russia must pay support
By Kristem M. Hall
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. -- A judge in Tennessee has ruled that an American woman must pay child support for the adopted son she sent back to Russia.
Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell approved a motion on Wednesday for default judgment against Torry Hansen, who has repeatedly failed to appear in court and at depositions.
Hansen was living in Shelbyville in April 2010 when she sent the boy, then 7, to his native Russia on a plane.
A lawsuit filed by the adoption agency seeks child support and other damages that will be held in a trust for the child, who is now living in a group home in Russia.
The judge will hear arguments in May on how much money Hansen should pay.
She was never criminally charged in the case that sparked outrage among Russian authorities