Boy adopted by Matthew and Amy Sweeney (Daniil Krichun)

8-year-old boy adopted from Tula, Russia in June 2006 at age 3 was systematically abused by his adoptive mother. His adoptive parents, Navy Lieutenant Commander Matthew Sweeney and Amy Sweeney, had 5 bio children and Daniel. All 6 children were homeschooled. Daniel Alexander was beaten with a belt and electric cord. According to Russian sources, prior to the adoption, Daniel lost an eye due to abuse while in his biological mother's home in Russia.

For ignoring the abuse, Matthew Sweeney pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and received a suspended sentence of 60 days. Amy Sweeney, pleaded guilty to felony abuse and neglect. Her sentencing will be in Dec 2013
Date: 2012-07-19
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Novomoskovsk Baby Home (Tula Oblast #3)
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes


Organizations: Child of the Heart


Bristow, Virginia
United States
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In the U.S., the adoptive father was sentenced to two months' suspended sentence for abuse of a child from Russia2013-07-24
Two months for a belt spanking2013-07-24
US couple pleads guilty to beating adopted Russian child2013-07-24
Slap on wrist: US Navy officer gets 2 months suspended in abuse case of adopted Russian2013-07-24
TFR promises to punish those responsible for the deaths of Americans orphans from Russia2013-02-21
Over 100,000 American orphans seek American love and care2013-01-11
Americans To Stand Trial For Abuse of Russian Adoptee2013-01-08
Abuse case jeopardizes adoption agreement between Russia and US2012-07-29
Bristow - Just one week after the near-ban on U.S. adoptions from Russia was lifted, a Bristow couple were arrested and charged 2012-07-29
Another U.S. Child Abuse Case Surfaces2012-07-27
A commentary of the official representative of the MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of Russia A.K.Lukashevich in connection to 2012-07-26
Russia starts investigation over reported beating of adopted child in the U.S.2012-07-26
U.S. Failing Over Adoption Laws Says Russia2012-07-26
Amy and Matthew Sweeney of Bristow, Va., charged with felony child abuse after runaway 8-year-old is found bruised, beaten2012-07-20
Amy and Matthew Sweeney Arrested For Felony Child Abuse In Bristow, Va.2012-07-19
Virginia Couple Accused of Abusing Son2012-07-19
Matthew and Amy Sweeney arrested, accused of repeated abuse of son2012-07-19


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