Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

U.S. Trial in Boy's Death

YORK, Pennsylvania — A trial is under way for a U.S. couple charged with killing their 7-year-old adopted son from Russia.

A lawyer for Michael and Nanette Craver told a jury Tuesday that Nathaniel Craver, or Ivan Skorobogatov, had a history of injuring himself, and the couple had done all they could to help him.

Prosecutors say the Cravers abused and neglected the boy, who officials say died of blunt-force trauma in 2009.

Prosecutor Tim Barker described a litany of injuries the boy suffered. The Cravers face charges including criminal homicide and endangerment. They have been jailed since their arrests. The death has been monitored by officials in Russia, which in July signed a treaty giving it more oversight of adopted children after they arrive in the United States.


Read more