Returned Russian adoptee called violent

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn., April 10 (UPI) -- A Tennessee woman put her adopted Russian son on a plane and sent him back to Moscow because of his violent behavior and threats, the woman's mother says.

Justin Hansen, 7, had a history of violence and a "hit list" of people he planned to kill, including the woman who adopted him, Torry Hansen, the woman's mother, Nancy Hansen, told CNN.


When her daughter adopted Justin last year, Nancy Hansen said, she asked a Russian orphanage doctor if the boy had physical or mental problems and was told he did not.

After Justin learned enough English, he told of being abandoned by his mother and beaten at the orphanage and said he had burned down a building near the orphanage, the grandmother said.

On Monday, Hansen said, she caught him setting papers on fire in his bedroom at the family's Shelbyville, Tenn., home and feared he might burn the house down and kill others.

The child flew alone to Russia and showed up at the child-protection ministry Thursday, setting off an international investigation and prompting calls in Russia for a halt on U.S. adoptions of Russian children.


Justin carried a letter written by his adoptive mother, which read: "He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues/behaviors. I was lied to and misled by the Russian orphanage workers and director regarding his mental stability and other issues."

Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov presented a decidedly different view of Justin, saying he was "completely healthy, physically and mentally" before the adoption.

"Nobody withheld anything from her (Torry Hansen)," he said. "It's a lie."

Astakhov said Justin told Russian officials he was abused by the U.S. family.

Meanwhile, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed horror over the adoptive mother's "monstrous behavior" and said he was "alarmed" by how some U.S. parents treat their adopted Russian children.

"We should understand what is going on with our children, or we will totally refrain from the practice of adopting Russian children by American adoptive parents," Medvedev told ABC News.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had told Russian TV Friday his country has banned future adoptions by Americans until the United States signs a new agreement to regulate them.

A State Department spokesman said the U.S. government was "very troubled" by the incident.

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