A group of Russian diplomats have met in Texas the foster father of an adopted Russian boy, Maxim Kuzmin, who died there in January. No details of the conversation have been disclosed, but the diplomats said in the wake of the meeting that those guilty of the little boy’s death should be punished if he died as a result of beating and drugging.
The three-year old Russian boy died in Texas on January 21st, although the fact did not transpire until February 18th.
The official cause of his death could likely be named in March, when the autopsy conclusions become known.
It is held that Maxim’s foster mother beat him up.
Local forensic experts have confirmed that there are numerous bruises on the boy’s body.
Besides, the fact that his foster parents gave the boy psychoactive drugs has not been corroborated.
Investigators in Texas have found bruises on the body of the 3-year-old Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin, but are not yet certain whether they resulted from beatings or an accident. Neither are they prepared to confirm earlier reports about the boy having been drugged. They say that by the time he was taken to hospital the boy, adopted by Alan and Laura Shatto, was in no condition to answer any questions.
Maxim Kuzmin’s brother still remains with his adoptive American parents.
Russian investigators have already opened a criminal case and will insist on arresting Laura Shatto and a role for themselves in the ongoing probe being done by Texas police.
Russia’s children’s ombudsman believes that the adoptive mother of the Russian boy, who recently died in Texas, will be duly prosecuted.
In televised remarks on Tuesday Pavel Astakhov said that Russian and US law enforcers should jointly investigate the January 21 death of 3-year-old Maxim Kuzmin, believed to have been beaten up and drugged by his foster mother.
Medics later discovered numerous bruises and cuts on the Russian kid’s body.
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