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    WASHINGTON, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Embassy in the United States has requested documentation on the two year old adopted Russian girl who was killed by her foster mother.

    "The Embassy requested the local police department and the adoption agency to provide the relevant documentation," spokesperson for the Embassy Yevgeny Khorishko said.

    "The girl was taken into the American family through the Adoption International Inc agency in late January 2004," he added.

    According to the spokesman, the girl held Russian citizenship and was registered in the Russian Embassy in the U.S.

    Washington Post reported Friday that 33 year old Peggy Sue Hilt of North Carolina was charged with murder of her foster daughter Nina, whom she had adopted in Russia.

    The woman confessed that she had battered her daughter, who infuriated her. Nina died from blows in hospital.

    A spokesperson for Adoptions International Inc said over the phone that the agency had not yet received any request from the Russian Embassy.

    "The company was shocked by the girl's murder, putting it mildly," she said.

    Adoptions International Inc has specialized in assisting families to adopt children from Russia and the CIS countries, China and Guatemala since 1995. According to information on the agency's website, adoption costs from $10,000 to $18,000 depending on the child's citizenship.

    Peggy Sue Hilt surrendered to the police last Wednesday and is held in a detention center with no possibility of bail, CBS reported.

    Investigators were reported to have claimed they pursued the child maltreatment lead, but also admitted the possibility of sexual abuse.

    Peggy Sue Hilt's husband, Christopher, is being questioned, while their senior child is under supervision.

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