Woman in Russian adoption case fails to attend court hearing - WSMV News 4


Woman in Russian adoption case fails to attend court hearing

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The Shelbyville mom, who sent her adopted Russian child back to his home country in 2010, didn't appear at a court hearing in Moore County Wednesday afternoon and now faces more legal trouble.

Torry Hansen made international headlines that led to changes in the adoption policies between the two countries.

Hansen is facing a civil case but has yet to attend any hearings in Tennessee regarding the matter.

She now lives in California and insists she was misled about the boy's mental health during the adoption process.

Hansen faxed a letter to the clerk Tuesday in which she alleges the judge is biased and has committed judicial misconduct. 

"We've given her chance after chance after chance to do it. She still hasn't done it," said Judge Lee Russell.

After Wednesday's hearing, the judge issued a default judgment toward Hansen. The court will decide damages in May.

"The real victim here is Justin Hansen and you know, his voice needs to be heard in this case," said plaintiff's attorney Larry Crain.

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