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Viktor Alexander Matthey (Viktor Sergievich Tulimov)

2000 Oct 31


, Hawthorne NJ Bethany Christian Services


Adoption Alliance

post placement

, Hawthorne NJ Bethany Christian Services



Viktor Matthey: age 6, of Hunterdon County, New Jersey died of cardiac arrest due to hypothermia after adoptive parents Robert and Brenda Matthey locked him overnight in a damp unheated pump room. Viktor was also severely beaten by his adoptive father. The Matthey's attended a Pentacostal (AG) church and homeschooled their children. Both parents are sentenced to 10 years for confining Viktor to a pump room, 10 years for excessive corporal punishment and 7 years for failing to provide medical care. The sentences run concurrently. Viktor, along with twin bio brothers,  was adopted from Blagoschevensk, Amur, Russia 10 months before his death. The twins are now adopted by Robert's mother who has disavowed her son. Both Mattheys were released from jail in Fall 2008.
Memorial site: http://www.viktorspromise.org/
Star Ledger Special Report series http://www.nj.com/specialprojects/index.ssf?/specialprojects/viktor/main...
Photos http://www.nj.com/photos/viktor/


Title Publication date
Grandmother sues so brothers will get money recovered from 7-year-old Viktor Matthey's death 2010 Mar 30
Extended family: Rescued twins honor brother and meet siblings in Russia 2009 Jan 24
Some Americans adopt Russian children to feel superior by humiliating them 2008 Jun 2
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children 2007 Nov 1
Mattheys sentenced to 4 years for Viktor's death 2007 May 10
Pair admit causing adopted son's 2000 death 2007 Apr 13
Before and After Stories worth repeating 2006 Dec 20
Coercive Restraint Therapies: A Dangerous Alternative Mental Health Intervention 2005 Aug 9
Jailed couple's lawyers seek change in venue 2005 Jul 12
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling 2004 May 21
An emotional week leaves jury drained 2004 May 20
With hearts of sadness, Russians express satisfaction 2004 May 20
Mattheys convicted of abusing Viktor 2004 May 20
Worlds apart in Matthey case 2004 Apr 25
THE MATTHEY TRIAL: Mattheys' character at heart of defense 2004 Apr 19
Another brother describes beatings of Viktor Matthey 2004 Mar 12
Adoptive parents go on trialJury hears divergent accounts of Russian boy's life, death 2004 Mar 11
Extra testimony denied for trial in boy's death 2002 Aug 21
The short life of Viktor Alexander Matthey 2001 Oct 28
DYFS takes couple's six children from relative; Mother and father charged in boy's death 2001 Feb 16
Some Adoptive Parents See Hope Turning to Horror 2001 Feb 11
Adopted Siberian Boy's Death Is Investigated in New Jersey 2000 Nov 16
Hunterdon couple are charged in death of adopted Russian son 2000 Nov 9
Three adopted Russian brothers adjust to new life in Raritan Twp. 2000 Jan 2