Grandmother: Russian orphanage lied about boy

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April 10, 2010, 7:12 pm
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(NECN/WSMV: Shelbyville, Tenn.) - A Tennessee woman is being blamed for setting off an international incident that could affect scores of people looking to adopt children from Russia.

It started when the woman sent a Russian child she adopted last year on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note complaining he was violent and mentally disturbed.

Now, Moscow has put a freeze on all American adoptions of Russian children. 

Adam Pertman, the Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, said it is not just as simple as returning an adopted child.

"Adoption is not child rental.  The parent is responsible for the child, period, however we get our children," Pertman said.  "If your kid is having problems you don't put him on a bus. You find a therapist, you find a support group, you go to your family. You do something to help resolve that problem."

The boy's adoptive grandmother, Nancy Hansen, accused the Russian orphanage the child came from of lying about the boy's mental problems.

Russian officials say the boy is perfectly healthy, but that the child is now accusing his adoptive family of abuse. 

WSMV's Josh DeVine reports in the video player above.

Tags: Tennessee, russia, adoption
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