Mom to face contempt in Russia adopted boy case - WSMV News 4

Mom to face contempt in Russia adopted boy case

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A local mother who made international news in a Russian adoption scandal apparently has no desire to defend herself in court.

About two years ago, Torry Hansen sent her adopted son back to Russia with a note complaining about his behavior.

She never faced criminal charges, but the adoption agency sued for breach of contract and child support.

Many of those close to this case call it unprecedented. And many of them say they believe the Shelbyville mother has no intention of ever defending herself, or for that matter, ever returning to Tennessee.

Thursday, the civil case again proceeded without Hansen, who moved to California and didn't show for the hearing.

"She has failed to respond. She has failed to appear at her deposition three times," said Larry Crain, attorney for the plaintiff.

In the past few weeks, Hansen wrote two letters obtained by Channel 4. One was to her attorney, firing her for what she called her "complete dissatisfaction."

"There was no one more surprised than myself when I received notice on February 8th that she no longer wanted me to represent her," Hansen's former attorney Sandra Smith said.

In the other letter, Hansen asked the judge to appoint her an attorney.

The problem, however, was that Hansen did not leave anyone her contact information.

And right now, that's the biggest issue in this case. Hansen's former attorney is the only one who has her contact information. For now, it's still confidential.

So essentially, Hansen has vanished.

Brian Mosely covers the case for the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

Hansen's mother, Nancy, called him this week, revealing the Hansens spent $60,000 on her defense so far.

"She says that the adoption was voided in Russia and she's basically saying there's no case here," Mosely said. "She's asking why she's being asked to pay child support when the child is no longer hers."

It is a compelling argument that Hansen does not seem willing to make in court.

Thursday, the judge ordered she show up in person in two weeks to explain herself.

But that, for many, is wishful thinking.

"She has demonstrated - time and again - she has no intention of participating in any means in this case," Crain said.

If Hansen doesn't show up in two weeks, the judge could find her in contempt. But because this is a civil case, it would be tough to force her to come to Tennessee from California.

The Hansens also told the newspaper they plan to publish a website with their side of the case.

The Hansens maintain, as they did from the start of this about two years ago, the agency misled them about the boy's mental health.

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