Suburban Chicago woman charged with killing son, 6, adopted from Russia last month


SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy adopted from Russia only last month was beaten to death, and police charged his adoptive mother with murder.

Irma Pavlis admitted that she struck her son, Alex, on several occasions, police Lt. Dennis Carroll said.

Carroll said Pavlis, 32, called 911 Thursday afternoon to report that the boy was not breathing. He died Friday evening at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. The cause of death was blunt head trauma, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

Authorities said Pavlis and her husband, Dino Pavlis, adopted Alex and a 5-year-old girl in Russia early last month. The girl, who apparently was unharmed, was placed in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Department spokesman Jill Manuel said the couple had arranged the adoptions privately, but did go to an agency to obtain the background study required in international adoptions. The study found no criminal background or history of child abuse, Manuel said.

Police said Dino Pavlis was at work at the time the child was injured and was not involved.

His employer, Grant DeNormandie, said the couple had been excited about the adoptions and had gone to Russia three times to complete the process.

"This is something they've been looking forward to for a year," DeNormandie said. "Dino's wife spent over a year learning Russian so she could try and talk to them."

The children had no known behavioral problems, DeNormandie said.

Irma Pavlis remained in police custody awaiting a bond hearing Monday.


Abuse of Russian Children

I am worried about three Russian children who have been adopted by a couple in Texas. Reports have been made to child protective services for the previous six years and they have not removed the children from the home. One of the children had a fractured jaw and broken teeth from being hit in the mouth. I don't understand how this can happen. I am still trying to find someone to help these children.

keep reporting

document, take pics if you can...

do they go to school? church? anywhere?

contact the Russian Embassy

Perhaps contact the Russian Embassy or Consulate if Texas child protection is not helpful

I agree

Keeping making calls anytime one of these children is injured since there is a history of abuse.

The Embassy, eh?

I'll be honest, after reading about Masha Allen's case, I can't say I have much faith in the Russian government's response to the call for better child safety, especially post adoption placement.

Would calling the embassy have helped any/all the children already listed on our Russia pages?  Is that something more and more people should do (contact a specific embassy) when it comes to international adoptees being abused after they have been placed in an adoptive home?

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