Invisible Children

Alex Pavlis

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Alex Pavlis

Irma and Dino Pavlis adopted two children from Russia, Alex, aged 6, and his biological sister, aged 5. Only six weeks after the adoption, the boy died in the hospital of injuries sustained from beatings he suffered at the hands of his adoptive mother. Irma said she beat Alex because the child was difficult and she lost control, but she denied that those injuries could have killed him and insisted that Alex also harmed himself. Irma was charged and convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The children were being homeschooled while a sufficient school was located.

Date: December 18, 2003
Location: Schaumburg, Illinois

Documents: Date:
Boy adopted last month beaten to death 2003-12-22
Boy’s death moves Russians here; Community joins in bid to adopt girl who lived with slain child 2003-12-23
Russian adoptees sometimes adjust slowly 2003-12-25
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling 2004-05-21
International adoptee’s death tears apart once-hopeful family 2004-05-27
Knowledge fuels successful adoptions 2004-11-15
Pavlis Trial: Defendant’s Video Statement Shown 2005-04-14
US woman faces capital punishment for killing Russian boy 2005-04-15
Russia: Boy’s Death, Mother’s Sentencing Lead To Appeals For Adoption Restrictions 2005-05-06
Boy’s Death May Halt U.S. Adoptions 2005-05-17
Alleged Beating Death By N.C. Woman Prompts Probe Of Adoption 2005-07-11
Call for a Freeze on U.S. Adoptions 2005-07-20
US couple sentenced for abusing adopted kids from Russia 2006-01-10
Russian prosecutor: Russia, U.S. officials break up illegal child adoption ring 2006-01-24
Russia: Internet Adoption 2006-01-25
Internet Adoption 2006-01-25
Russian children abused and murdered by American foster parents 2006-04-05
False Promises: Adoptive Parents with No Children 2006-10-08
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children 2007-11-01
Adoption tragedy strikes twice for Russian driver 2010-04-16