Saturday, March 2, 2013

Russian Adoptee's Texas Death 'Accidental'

The death of a three-year-old boy adopted from Russia at his Texas home was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

The findings contradict claims by Russian officials that Max Shatto (born Maxim Kuzmin) was tortured and killed by his adoptive mother.

The case ignited a diplomatic firestorm just weeks after Russia passed a law banning US adoptions.

But four doctors who reviewed Max's autopsy results cleared his adoptive parents of wrongdoing, Texas officials said in a statement.

The autopsy found Max died from a lacerated artery in his bowel due to blunt force trauma in his abdomen.