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Russia contests autopsy results showing dead Russian adoptee routinely hurt himself

Russia's children rights ombudsman blamed the U.S. authorities for hastily performing an autopsy into a January death of a 3-year-old Russian boy adopted by a West Texas couple, whose death has fanned opposition to American adoptions.

Pavel Astakhov on Tuesday said that Russia wants Max Alan Shatto's parents to face justice.

An autopsy report released to the Odessa American on Monday said that Max Alan Shatto's had more than 30 bruises and other marks on his body as well as signs that he was routinely injured by accident. Pathologists could not find the specific injury that caused the internal bleeding leading to the boy's Jan. 21 death. His death was ruled to be accidental.

Astakhov said he found out about the autopsy report from the media.