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911 Call Released in the Controversial Death of Maxim Kuzmin, 3

The 911 call related to the death of adopted Russian-born boy Maxim Kuzmin, 3, was released by police after a grand jury determined on March 18 that there was insufficient evidence to charge his his adoptive American parents, Laura and Alan Shatto, for his death. Russian authorities are skeptical of the decision and are currently reviewing the autopsy reports.

Maxim died at his family’s Gardendale, Texas, home on January 21, 2013, after his mother reportedly found him outside the home, unresponsive, and called 911. The child was covered with bruises, which the Shattos explained were the result of his autism; saying that he frequently exhibited self-injurious behavior and was on medication. Shatto told the 911 dispatcher that she had left him outside for 10 minutes to go to the bathroom. On the 911 call Laura Shatto can be heard administering CPR while her terrified children look on. The autopsy report, which was reviewed by four pathologists, concluded that Maxim died from severe intestinal arterial trauma sustained by a collision with a blunt object. On March 18 a grand jury concluded that there was insufficient evidence to show that the boy’s death had been anything but accidental.

Russian authorities are reviewing the case, flabbergasted that the child’s parents are not being charged. In this latest crimp in the issue of Russian-American adoptees, representatives of the Russian government hope to find some overlooked evidence to implicate the parents, or to better explain his death

Listen to the 911 call.

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