Since 1996, 15 Russian children have died at the hand of their U.S. adoptive parents. Here are some quick facts on these chilling cases.
December 18, 2003 - Alex Pavlis:
age 6, of Illinois, was beaten to death by his U.S. adopted mother, Irma, 6 weeks after his adoption from Russia. He was found to have 32 bruises, scars, and cuts. Irma had a difficult time with Alex. He banged his head on the walls, floors, and defecated and urinated on himself. Reports indicate that his injuries could have been self-inflicted. Irma was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
January 22, 2005 - Dennis Merryman:
July 2, 2005 - Nina Hilt:
August 14, 2005 - Issac Jonathan Dystra:
age 21 months, of Iowa City, died from what was reported as injuries from an accidental fall. Issac was recovering from club foot surgery and according to adoptive father, had a fall when the cast was removed.
Isaac had massive brain swelling, severe bleeding inside the skull, and retinal swelling in both eyes. He also had severe bruising on his torso and legs. This is more descriptive of shaken baby syndrome, not a fall.
Adoptive father, Brian Dykstra was charged with 2nd degree murder. He is currently free on $15,000 bond after pleading not guilty. Adoptive mom was not implicated.Issac was home for only 3 months.
March 7, 2008 - Nikolai Emelyantsev:
July 8, 2008 - Chase Harrison:
August 25, 2009 - Nathaniel Craver:
age 7 years, died of brain injuries. Nanette and Michael Craver of Pennsylvania were charged with first-degree murder for the beating death of their adopted son. Ivan Skorobogatov, renamed Nathaniel Craver was adopted in 2003, from Russia along with his twin sister. The Cravers insist that the child was self injurious. Preliminary hearings are set for March 31, 2010.Russian Children Murder Cases Continued from Page 1.
"Forever Family Forever Dead" ~ Daily Bastardette blog dated August 3, 2005
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