Torry Hansen On Artyom Savelyev: Boy Threatened To Burn The House
Adopted Mother Alleges The Family Was Afraid Of The Child
The world was shocked at one mother's callousness, when it was made known that seven-year-old Artyom Savelyev originally adopted from Russia was put on a plane in Washington and "returned" to his home country alone. The incident caused so much outrage in Russia that the foreign minister ordered to enact an indefinite freeze on adoption of children from Russia by U.S. citizens. But in the recent days, new details of the family fallout preceding the incident have emerged.
Torry Hansen, the adopted mother of Artyom Savelyev, now claims she sent the boy back to Russian because her family was afraid of the boy. The boy's grandmother Nancy Hansen says Artyom threatened to burn the house. "He drew a picture of our house burning down, and said he's going to burn our house down with us in it. It was terrible." It is reported the boy used to hit, scream and spit at his adopted mother. However, contrary to the Hansens' account, Russian officials have stated today that the boy does not show signs of violent, psychiatric behavior.
But even if the boy was psychiatrically unstable, was it reason enough to send him back to where he is from like a parcel? And, would the situation be similar if Hansen's biological child behaved the same way? Would it be considered criminal for a biological parent to send off a mentally ailing child elsewhere on a long plane ride all by himself. Should Torry Hansen have tried harder to find a way around the problem?
And, was there anyone to support Hansen in her situation? Did she feel too overwhelmed to deal with Artyom's alleged behavior? Was she offered help? Because it would seem odd that being an educated woman and a registered nurse, Hansen would not think of a better way to deal with her household problems than to turn back a child who was allegedly emotionally unstable.
These questions remain open and are up for investigators to answer. For now, Artyom Savelyev remains in the custody of the Russian authorities and will likely end up in the orphanage again. Whether the boy's alleged mental and ego problems will aggravate once he realizes that his adopted family dumped him is another issue that Savelyev's caretakers in Russia will now have to deal with.
Meanwhile, AP reports that the U.S. officials said they were willing to co-operate with Russia on adoption policies. U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle is set to travel to Moscow to try to achieve mutually agreeable terms of future adoptions.