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Torry Hansen, Woman Who Returned Russian Adopted Boy Faces Suit

By KRISTIN M. HALL   01/24/12 12:03 AM ET EST  AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An American woman who sent her adopted Russian son back to Moscow alone on a plane with a note saying she didn't want him anymore is facing a lawsuit for child support, which is scheduled for trial in March.

Torry Hansen refused to cooperate with investigators after the boy, then 7, reached Russia in April 2010 with a note stating he had psychological problems. She was never charged criminally, but her adoption agency filed a lawsuit in Tennessee, where she was then living, seeking child support.

The suit is scheduled for trial March 27 in a Shelbyville court.

Hansen had no immediate comment. Her mother, Nancy Hansen, told The Associated Press her daughter has refused to answer questions sought by attorneys, but a judge will determine whether to compel answers.

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