A U.S. court has cleared a parent accused of the death of his adoptive Russian son, the press service of Russian Ombudsman for Children Pavel Astakhov said on Friday.
“Johnson County Iowa Court on November 3, 2011 cleared Brian Dykstra, 35, charged with the killing of his one-and-a- half-year-old adoptive Russian son Isaac Jonathan Dykstra, of all charges,” a message issued by the press service said.
The boy died on August 14, 2005. The U.S. authorities conducted a six-year-long investigation into Isaac’s death without sharing any information with Russian diplomats or the Russian Education Ministry that supervises foreign adoptions. U.S. authorities commented on the case only after the non-guilty verdict was brought.
According to Astakhov’s press service, the little Russian boy died three moths after being adopted by Dykstra. The man had been accused of causing the death of the child but was freed on $15,000 bail. The man pleaded not guilty, saying the child was suffering from illnesses.
Russia's Investigation Committee on Friday said it had started an own investigation into the boy’s death. “The circumstances of the boy's death, [who was] adopted by U.S. parents in the Krasnoyarsk region in 2005, will come under scrutiny,” the committee said in a press release.
Since 1991, a total of 19 adopted Russian children have died worldwide as a result of beatings or negligence, according to official Russian statistics.
Russia also has a serious domestic child abuse problem, with some 2,000 children killed every year.