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Judge Orders Payments in Russian Adoption Case

By Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An American woman who adopted a Russian boy and then later sent him back to Moscow on a one-way flight has been ordered to pay $150,000 and cough up an additional $1,000 a month in child support.

On Thursday a Bedford County, Tenn., judge said Torry Hansen must begin making the child support payments in June and continue to pay until the boy turns 18.

Hansen sent Artyom Saveliev back to Russia in April of 2010 with a letter saying the child was disturbed, violent and she didn't want him anymore.

Afterward the World Association for Children and Parents, the agency that helped Hansen adopt the child, filed a lawsuit seeking child support.

Hansen has since moved to California and has not appeared at any of the hearings.