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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Charges in Adopted Girl's Death

An adoptive U.S. mother has been charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a 2-year-old girl.

Peggy Sue Hilt, 33, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was arrested and charged in her daughter Nina's death in Virginia, where she was visiting relatives.

Hilt called emergency services July 2 to say the girl had stopped breathing. An autopsy showed Nina died from one or more blows to the abdominal area, police said. A court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 2.

In Moscow, prosecutors said Saturday that they would investigate the legality of Nina's adoption from Irkutsk and see whether the follow-up in the United States complied with Russian law.

Earlier this year, an Illinois woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the death of her 6-year-old son, who died weeks after she and her husband adopted the boy from Russia.