Russia doubtful over boy's deathMOSCOW - Russian officials remained suspicious Saturday about the circumstances surrounding the death in Texas of an adopted 3-year-old boy despite an autopsy report that determined he died accidentally.
Max Shatto, who was born Maxim Kuzmin in Russia, died Jan. 21 from a torn abdominal artery, officials said at a news conference Friday in Odessa, Texas. Four pathologists - three employed by the county medical examiner and one independent - agreed the death was an accident, Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland told reporters.
Two weeks ago, Russian officials informed their public about his death, saying Max had been abused and given psychiatric drugs. No evidence was presented, but that description quickly became an emotional element of anti-American rhetoric and colored the explosive question of adoptions.