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CPS removes Russian teens from Silsbee home
SILSBEE - by Ashley Gaston - A case involving Russian girls adopted by a Hardin county family and the teens' allegations of abuse is now making international headlines.
Child Protective Services removed the 16 year old girl and her 14 year old sister from the home while the investigation is underway.
The mother tells KFDM News she and her husband strongly deny the allegations of abuse. They're giving up the rights to their adopted children because they're tired of what they call false accusations, some of which are making headlines in Russia.
The family adopted 2 two girls and their brother in 2003 after two trips to Russia and expenses of at least $45,000.
Last month, Child Protective Services received a phone call to the child abuse hotline reporting that a teenager inside the home was being abused and neglected. CPS says the allegations did not involve sexual abuse.
The department removed the 2 girls and placed them in foster care.
Spokeswoman Shari Pulliam says the teens are doing well.
"Health wise they are fine, they are enrolled in school, they are together. We are glad we were able to do that. They are adjusting well to their new surroundings."
This afternoon KFDM spoke with the adoptive mother.
She and he husband have four grown children of their own and have provided foster care to at least a dozen girls without any problems. The mother told us she wanted to give the Russian children a better life and take them out of what she called the "filthy orphanage" they were living in.
The parents say they tried to do just that by giving the girls and their brother a good home.
They recently put in a pool for the summer time. The mother said they've taken the children on several vacations and trips to the lake and beach in the past ten years.
The mother said she's overwhelmed by the accusations and what she calls the attacks and lies in the Russian media.
The mother said today, she had to call the Sheriff to get rid of two Russian reporters trying to sneak onto her property.
The investigation is now in the hands of CPS and the Texas rangers. The girls' 17 year old brother ran away last year.
A hearing on the case is set later this month.