A U.S. mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia unaccompanied on a plane last April is holding up the boy's re-adoption by refusing to give up her parental rights, children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said Tuesday.
Torry Hansen, 33, told a Tennessee court that she only put Artyom Savelyev, now 8, on a plane because "he asked to see his [biological] mother and she let him go," Astakhov wrote on Twitter.
Hansen sent the boy with a note saying he was psychologically unfit and asking that the adoption be cancelled.
But Astakhov called Hansen's court testimony "cynic slyness" that aimed to avoid making child support payments.
Savelyev cannot be re-adopted by another family until Hansen gives up her parental rights.
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