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Judge upholds child support payments for mother who sent adopted son back to Russia
LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP) ¯¯¯ The Tennessee woman who ended her Russian adoption by sending the 7-year-old boy to Moscow on a plane by himself has lost her bid to get a judge to set aside an order that she pay child support.
Torry Hansen made her first court appearance Friday in a case that began in April 2010 when sent Artyom Saveliev away from her home Shelbyville with a letter that said he had violent behavior problems and she no longer wanted to be his mother.
Criminal charges were never filed but the World Association for Children and Parents adoption agency sued Hansen for child support.
Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell decided Friday to uphold the $150,000 in child support he ordered from Hansen. The boy now lives in a Russian group home.