Torry Hansen in court Friday in Lewisburg, Tennessee
LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The woman who ended her Russian adoption by sending the 7-year-old boy to Moscow on a plane by himself appeared in a Tennessee court for the first time.
Attorney Ed Yarbrough said his client, Torry Hansen, attended a hearing Friday in Lewisburg to ask Judge Lee Russell to reconsider his order that she pay $150,000 in child support. It was her first court appearance in the case, which for a time led Russia to halt adoptions by U.S. parents. The judge ruled against Hansen's motion, and her attorney is vowing to appeal.
Hansen was living in Tennessee when she returned Artyom Saveliev in 2010 with a letter saying she didn't want to be his mother. He's now living in a group home in a Moscow suburb.
The World Association for Children and Parents adoption agency sued Hansen for child support.