A Shelbyville woman has been ordered to pay child support for the seven-year-old child she adopted and then send back to Russia on a plane unaccompanied with a note saying that he was violent and had psychological problems.
Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell awarded the default judgment against Torry Hansen after she refused to appear in a Lynchburg courtroom on Wednesday.
In April 2010, Hansen sent her adopted son back to Russia claiming she didn’t want him anymore. Since that time, she has refused to cooperate with investigators. No criminal charges were filed in the case; however, her adoption agency, World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) filed a lawsuit in May 2010 seeking child support in Bedford County, where she was living at the time.
The original Circuit Court case was transferred to Bedford County Juvenile Court and dismissed by Judge Charles Rich last year. The current case was refiled for breach of contract and child support last July.
Hansen faxed the court a letter on Tuesday that said she no longer lived in Tennessee and she wanted to request a court-appointed attorney. Russell said that for the court to appoint her an attorney, she would have to appear in court to answer financial questions, which she refused. Hansen now resides in California.
The exact amount of child support and damages will be determined at a hearing in May.