No criminal charges for U.S. parents of adopted Russian boy who died

SAN ANTONIO Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:54pm EDT

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SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - No criminal charges will be filed against the adoptive parents of a Russian-born boy who died in January in Texas, a prosecutor said on Monday, in a case that has intensified a dispute over international adoptions.

The January 21 death of Max Shatto, 3, sparked criminal and child welfare investigations in Texas, probes by authorities in Russia, and calls from Russian lawmakers for his younger brother to be returned to Russia.

Max was found dead in the yard of his home in Gardendale, Texas, near the oilfield city of Odessa.

A West Texas grand jury determined that there was no evidence that his adoptive parents, Laura and Alan Shatto, had committed any crime, Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said in a statement.

"This death was the result of a tragic accident occurring most likely on playground equipment," Bland said. "When a child dies so young and tragically, it is natural to want to hold someone accountable. However, in this case, there is no evidence to support holding anybody criminally responsible."

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Andrew Hay)

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Ntrest wrote:
Max Shatto did not die in his yard. He was injured in a playground accident and died later at the hospital. Do you even bother to factcheck what you write? Oh no, because Reuters was the one who ran the story from Russia as if the lies from Ashtakov were truth. I hope the family sues the daylights out of you for the help you gave the Russians in destroying their lives for no other reason than your inability to check your sources. If you’re going to be an international news agency, start getting your facts straight and try to adhere to at least some semblance of decorum.

Mar 19, 2013 11:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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