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Autopsy: Dead Russian Adoptee Bruised All Over

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    Russian authorities have blamed Max Alan Shatto's parents for his death and used the incident to justify a ban on all American adoptions.

    Authorities investigating the death of a 3-year-old Russian boy adopted by a West Texas couple found more than 30 bruises on his body and signs that he routinely hurt himself.

    An autopsy report released to the Odessa American says that Max Alan Shatto had abrasions, bruises and scars all over. 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.

    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.