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Sheriff Says Family Was Afraid of Russian Boy

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As the controversy rages on over adoptive mother Torry Ann Hansen sending her son back to Russia, the town sheriff appeared on CBS's "The Early Show" today and explained that the family had been scared of 7-year-old Artyom Savelyev.

Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce said: "What we're getting mostly is that he had violent issues and that they were more or less afraid of him, as far as trying to burn the house while they were asleep. I think he threatened some of these things. But it's still early. We're not exactly sure what the whole deal is."

Artyom's adoptive grandmother, Nancy Hansen, told CBS: "He drew a picture of our house burning down and he'll tell anybody that he's going to burn our house down with us in it. It got to be where you feared for your safety. It was terrible."

Meanwhile, ABC reports that Russian officials say Artyom has shown no signs of the violent, psychotic behavior that Torry Ann cited as among the reasons she returned him.

No charges have been filed yet against Torry Ann Hansen or her mother, Nancy, but authorities are investigating.

Do YOU think she should be charged with a crime?

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mary murray April 16, 2010, 7:22 PM

wasn’t this child in school? didn’t this woman ever take him to a doctor? both of these places could have referred this family to social services which could have helped the boy, also, the women could have probably contacted their local police department- if they were truly afraid- it makes me feel that these women had something to hide- they didn’t want the police, teachers or social workers looking too closely at their family… I think there is more to this story… it may be ugly!

Robyn April 20, 2010, 4:22 PM

I think she is right in returning this boy. She was lied to by omission or direct lies this boy could have even been medicated during visits or all the time before she took him. In fact he most likely was. Then when she took him home and the meds wore off his true psychotic problems returned. She should have taken him back herself not sent him on a plane alone. that was not the right way to go about things. She could have taken him to an MD and had him treated. He probably should have been seeing a therapist anyway just because of all the trauma he has had. Although I do wonder what this women would do if she had a child of her own and had these problems where would she ship him or her?

Lupe April 26, 2010, 7:02 PM

Well I guess she did the best thing for her safety and I don’t think it’s fair to charge her for selfdefence,but it was I bad idea adopting a child from Russia and not from the US being that there are lots of homeless kids. But bravo to her for being brave

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