The autopsy report of a three-year-old Russian boy adopted by a Texan couple concludes that the child had more than 30 bruises on his body as well as other signs that he was routinely injured.
The medical document released to the Odessa American suggests that the foster family, who have also adopted the victim’s brother, were struggling to provide proper care for Maksim Shatto but examiners believe that the injuries were due to self-injury stemming from a serious mental condition.
The medical examiner found abrasions, scrapes and bruises on the boy’s body.
Max’s adoptive father has said that the boy was constantly hitting his head at home and had serious behavioural issues.
The anti-psychotic drug Risperidone was prescribed to the boy, but the boy stopped taking the medication four days after the parents read about the side effects.
The mother had previously told the authorities that Maksim used to claw himself, which she tried to prevent by cutting his nails short and having him wear gloves at night.
The boy, born Maksim Kuzmin, died January 21 after his adoptive mother Laura Shatto found him unresponsive outside their home in Gardendale, Texas.
Last week US prosecutors said that no charges would be made in the case due to lack of evidence.