ODESSA, Texas - An autopsy report revealed more than 30 bruises and signs of routine injuries on the body of a Russian boy who died after he was adopted by a West Texas couple.
According to the Odessa American, the autopsy report says that Max Alan Shatto had abrasions, scratches, bruises and scars all over his body. Pathologists could not find the specific injury that caused the internal bleeding leading to the boy's Jan. 21 death.
According to the report, Max's parents, Alan and Laura Shatto, told authorities Max injured himself several times before and had behavioral problems.
The newspaper reported Max’s adoptive parents said he had been sexually abused by caretakers before they adopted him.
Max had been prescribed drugs to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, the autopsy report says. Laura Shatto said Max often scratched himself, banged his head against furniture and injured himself in other ways, according to the report.
Max was adopted along with his younger brother Kristopher in late 2012, and the boys were brought to the United States in November.
On the day of Max’s death, Laura Shatto said he was behaving strangely, the newspaper reports. She was watching the boys play on the swing set and went inside to use the restroom. When she returned, she found Max unresponsive, the newspaper reports.
His death was ruled to be accidental. A grand jury declined to indict the Shattos.
Russian authorities have blamed Max's parents for his death and used the incident to justify a ban on all American adoptions.