Authorities: No charges in Russian boy's death


ODESSA, Texas (AP) — West Texas authorities say an American couple won't be charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy they adopted from Russia.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said Monday that his office would not file charges against Alan and Laura Shatto in the Jan. 21 death of Max Shatto, who was born as Maxim Kuzmin.

Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson has said Laura Shatto told authorities she found Max unresponsive outside his family's Gardendale, Texas, home. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital.

Authorities ruled the boy's death an accident after an autopsy report.

His death has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over whether American families should be allowed to adopt Russian children. Russian authorities have blamed his death on "inhuman treatment" by his parents.

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