Attorney: Couple Did Not Kill Adopted Russian Boy 2/27/13
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - An attorney for the adoptive parents of a Russian boy who died last month in West Texas says they're not responsible for the death of the 3-year-old.
Michael J. Brown said Wednesday that Laura and Alan Shatto "sure as heck" didn't kill Max Shatto, who the couple adopted from Russia last fall.
Brown says the Shattos don't believe medication Max had been prescribed to treat hyperactivity played a role in his death.
Max was pronounced dead at an Odessa hospital Jan. 21. Autopsy results are pending and no arrests have been made.
Brown says Laura Shatto told deputies she found Max unresponsive on the ground outside the family's home in Gardendale, about 15 miles north of Odessa.
Russian authorities have blamed his death on "inhuman treatment" by his parents.