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Hansen must pay child support

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LYNCHBURG -- Torry Hansen has lost the child support lawsuit filed against her after refusing to appear in person.

Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell granted a motion for default judgment against the former Shelbyville resident, who had been ordered to appear in Lynchburg on Wednesday morning.

In April 2010, Hansen sent her adopted Russian son back to Moscow alone on a plane with a letter saying he was violent, had psychological problems and that she didn't want him anymore. Since that time, she has refused to cooperate with investigators after the then 7-year-old boy -- identified in court documents as Artem Saveliev, and also known as Justin Hansen -- arrived in Russia.

No criminal charges were ever filed, but Torry Hansen's adoption agency, World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP), filed a lawsuit in May 2010 against her and her mother Nancy, seeking child support in Bedford County where she was living at the time.

The suit was first filed in Circuit Court, then transferred to Juvenile Court, where it was dismissed by Judge Charles Rich last year. The current suit was refiled against Torry for breach of contract and child support last July, but she has never responded to the litigation.

See more details in Thursday's Times-Gazette.