Authorities in Texas say they won’t charge an American couple in the death of a 3-year-old boy they adopted from Russia.
The case has sparked outrage in Russia, where officials have blamed Alan and Laura Shatto for the death of Max Shatto, who was born Maxim Kuzmin, and pointed to the case to defend a recent decision to ban all American adoptions of Russian children.
Authorities in Texas ruled the boy’s death an accident after an autopsy report.
Laura Shatto said she found the boy unresponsive outside their home in Gardendale, Texas, in January.
He died later at a nearby hospital.
A preliminary autopsy indicated the boy had bruises on several parts of his body, but four doctors reviewing the final autopsy ruled his death to be accidental.