Published February 19, 2013
ODESSA, Texas – Authorities in West Texas say a 3-year-old boy adopted from Russia had several bruises on his body and was unresponsive when he was brought into a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Russian authorities have blamed the Jan. 21 death of Max Shatto on "inhuman treatment" at the hands of his adoptive American family. An autopsy is pending.
Shirley Standefer, chief investigator for the Ector County Medical Examiner's office, says there were signs of bruising on Max's body, including in the lower abdominal area. But she said she could not comment on whether those bruises appeared to be intentional or accidental.
The case has gotten international attention in the wake of a recent Russian ban on all American adoptions.