Adopted Russian boy's death in Texas investigated

I hadn't heard about the case in Texas concering a child adopted from Russia who died until I saw this press release in my email this morning from Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Considering how many folks here were concerned when the Inquirer wrote about Russia halting adoptions by Americans not so long ago, I thought you also might be interested in this incident. I've pasted Landrieu's statement below because, well, just because I got it this morning in my email. Here are the opening paragraphs of a CNN story on the "suspicious death." Read the whole CNN story here.

(CNN) -- Officials in West Texas said Monday they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 3-year-old boy, adopted from Russia, and a Russian official blamed the death on "inhuman abuse."

The boy was born on January 9, 2010, and died on January 21, 2013, according to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights.

"I would like to draw your attention to another case of inhuman abuse of a Russian child by U.S. adoptive parents," he said in a statement.

Dolgov claimed the child suffered injuries to his head and legs, as well as to his abdomen and internal organs. The wounds, he said, "could only be caused by strong blows."

Kim Herrington, an investigator with the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office, said the case was referred to his office because of the "suspicious" nature of the child's death.

Landrieu Statement on Death of Child Adopted From Russia

Says tragedy should not close intercountry adoption

 WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., founding co-chair and board president of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, today released the following statement on the tragic death of Max Shatto, a three-year-old child adopted from Russia.

 “The death of any child is a tragic and unexpected loss. The circumstances in the death of Max Shatto, a three-year-old adopted child from Russia, are unclear at this time. As is required by Texas law, a full investigation is underway and will be completed in approximately two weeks, at which time more facts will be known.

 “Contrary to current Russian opinion, child protection laws in the U.S. protect both biological children as well as adopted children, and this case is no exception. Neither this case nor others that have so much media attention in Russia recently should provide an excuse for that government to close intercountry adoption and relegate thousands of their own children to vapid lives in institutional care. Russia’s step to encourage domestic adoption is commendable, but every child in the world deserves and needs a loving and protective family, including Russian children.

“When all the facts are in on this tragic case, all appropriate legal actions will be taken."