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Russian Officials Charged in Connection With Deaths of Adopted Children

....Peggy Sue Hilt was charged with killing her 2-year-old adoptive Russian daughter. She appeared in court last month. Another woman, Irma Pavlis was sentenced to 12 years in prison in May for killing her 6-year-old disabled adoptive son. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in April but was acquitted of the more serious charge of first-degree murder. In Aug. 2005 the Pennsylvania State Court found adoptive father Matthew Alan Mancuso guilty of incest and the rape of his 12-year-old daughter adopted from Russia. Several days earlier an American couple was charged with manslaughter, first-degree child abuse resulting in death and reckless endangerment after their adoptive son from Russia died of starvation. Altogether, 13 Russian children have been killed in the United States.

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