A wealthy widow who gave up her Chinese daughter for readoption after eight years — then tried to cut the girl out of her husband’s $250 million estate — had years earlier dumped another baby she adopted from China, the Daily News has learned. Christine Svenningsen, 55, adopted a baby boy from China after her husband died in May 1997, then changed her mind after she brought the child she named Eric home to Westchester County, court papers reveal. Svenningsen already had five biological children, plus the first child she’d adopted from China, Emily. “Now after your adoption of Emily, did you go to China to adopt a boy named Eric?” Stephen Hochhauser, the lawyer for Emily’s new parents, asked Svenningsen in a 2009 deposition. “Yes,” Svenningsen answered. “What happened with Eric?” Hochhauser asked. “What did you do with him?”SMH at this lady for real…seriously though, why adopt children when you know you can’t handle them??? What a “c-word” (rhymes with runt)
“He was adopted,” Svenningsen said, by “a person in New Jersey.” Court papers did not disclose when Eric was adopted or readopted. “And what was the reason for terminating (your) adoption?” Hochhauser asked. “I couldn’t handle seven children,” Svenningsen answered.Svenningsen — known for amassing a small kingdom of island estates in Long Island Sound, which she once described as “like little pieces of art” and renovates as a hobby, only to leave many sitting empty — decided she couldn’t handle six children, either. She gave Emily up in late 2004, when the little girl was 8. She then fought to exclude the girl from her party-supply magnate husband’s $250 million estate — a bid that was shot down last month by a state appeals court. Standing in the doorway of their Colonial-style farmhouse in a rural section of Connecticut, Emily’s new mom, Maryann Campbell, told The News, “We’re not going to be making any comment,” calling their court battle a “debacle.” The mother-daughter duo had just arrived home, a bespectacled Emily riding in the front seat of the family’s Mercedes-Benz. “Things will pass,” Campbell said as Emily rushed into the house. “We’re all fine.” In fact, court filings show Emily is much better off in her new home — where she’s able to sit at the same dinner table with the rest of her family, unlike when she lived with the Svenningsens. Svenningsen declined repeated requests for comment. Through an intercom at the family’s wooded Westchester estate, a woman said, “I can’t talk about anything.” In an affidavit, Svenningsen acknowledged that adopting Emily might have been a mistake. She said she and her husband, John — who was 27 years older than her — had decided to adopt a child from China because they had visited orphanages there and wanted to help. After they started the process, John was diagnosed with the lymphoma that would take his life. “Maybe I should not have gone to China. Everyone advised me not to continue with the adoption, but I just wanted things to go on as planned. My world was falling apart. My husband had cancer. Somehow I thought if I stuck to the plan, everything would be okay,” she said. Campbell’s filings say Svenningsen turned a cold shoulder to the girl even after she’d been readopted. Campbell said she had a “chance encounter” with Emily’s former mom, and told her Emily would love to see her and her former siblings because she missed them. Svenningsen said no.
This Lady Ain’t Isht: Wealthy Widow Sued For $250M In Estate Battle Gave Up ANOTHER Child Adopted From China
Posted on March 3rd, 2013 - By Bossip Staff