Trial of lawsuit set for family that tried returning Russian boy

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A lawsuit against a Tennessee family that sent an adopted young boy back to Russia has been scheduled for trial early next year.

A motions hearing scheduled for Oct. 27, however, could end the litigation, according to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

An adoption agency, the World Association for Children and Parents, filed the lawsuit after Nancy Hansen put then- 7-year-old Artyom Savelyev alone on an airline flight to Moscow. She sent with him a note from her daughter and Artyom's adoptive mother, Torry Hansen, which said the boy was violent and she no longer wanted to keep him.

The act sparked international outrage.

Attorneys for the Renton, Wash.-based adoption agency said they filed the lawsuit because no one was investigating claims that the Hansens abandoned and endangered the child.

Documents in the case remain under seal.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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