Mom Sends Chantilly Teen to Siberia Over 'Uncontrollable' Behavior

Sofia Petrova is now stranded in Siberia.

Teen shipped to Siberia. (WUSA screen shot.)
Teen shipped to Siberia. (WUSA screen shot.)

A Chantilly teen was sent to Siberia after acting rebellious. 

The 15-year-old Chantilly High School freshman Sofia Petrova was sent to Siberia for what she thought was a vacation. Two years later, she’s still in overseas, WUSA*9 reports.

Petrova who was born in Russia, came to the United States with her mother when the child was 2 years old. Just a few days after her 15th birthday, her mother sent her to Siberia after what her parents described as "uncontrollable" behavior, her parents told WUSA.

At 17, Petrova is trying to get back to the U.S. before she turns 18 in March.

Read the full story on WUSA*9: Sofia Petrova stranded in Siberia after mom sent her there on plane for being rebellious

'Let me come home, Mom!' -The Siberian Times speaks with Petrova

Laurie Blackburn November 08, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Are you people nuts? Without warning, this mother abandoned her child to the child's abusive, alcoholic father in a foreign country with no way of knowing if she was okay. There is no evidence that there was years of therapy or other kinds of help and that they tried absolutely everything they could. They may have just treated this child like she was easily disposable. If you had any idea what conditions marginalized kids in Russia face, you might not be so flip. The fact that she's not already a sex slave or a drug addict is an absolute miracle. I hope your neighbors and friends are aware of the low regard you have for the safety of children.
exoticdoc2 November 08, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Finally, a parent willing to exercise some discipline on out-of-control teens.
Jesica Fowler November 08, 2013 at 10:42 AM
@Laurie Blackburn: and anyone else who is against this mother for doing what she did. You Must have no children, It's always the one's who have no Kids that tell you how to raise them, and then when your house get's broken into, or beat the crap out of you and rob you in front of your family or kids (if you have them) THEN all of a sudden we should have done something to discipline our children RIGHT!..I would love to see some SPOILED, Foul mouth, ignorant to there parents and society, hand me everything child, go to Siberia to see how other people have to struggle because not everything is handed to them, and if it was my child and I felt they didn't learn anything, GUESS what they would stay there until they did learn something even if it had to take until they where 18.
Rick Young November 08, 2013 at 11:31 AM
If you have a bad child you have a much worse parent. Sounds like the mother wanted some free time to PARTY. If investigated I'll bet the mother has major problems with drugs, alcohol or bad friends and boyfriends. This is very abnormal.
RAJ (Bo) McMerritt November 08, 2013 at 12:04 PM
betcha they won't mess up/act up/be freaky in the USSR for very long ...that might straighten them up right quick.
Frank Anastasia November 08, 2013 at 12:09 PM
I wish we could banish obama, pelosi and reid to Siberia too.
Larry Lang November 08, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Rick Young "I'll bet the mother has major problems with drugs, alcohol or bad friends and boyfriends." If it were possible, how much would you be willing to bet? Honestly now!
Margaret Won November 08, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Luckily, Chantilly has a father and family in Siberia willing to take on a uncontrollable teen and try to help her. She is not a US citizen and if she would be allowed to return here is up to the governments of both countries and her family. Her father a prominent attorney and her mother make those decisions.
Floyd Bullock November 08, 2013 at 12:25 PM
From Deuteronomy21:18-21 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
jo November 08, 2013 at 12:29 PM
extreme yes.. warranted ?? I will give the Mom the benefit of the doubt..
MB Brown November 08, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I have had my moments as a parent when my kids were misbehaving--because they are children! I have used other methods of discipline--in-patient therapy, group therapy, etc.. For someone to send their child away is unconscionable.
WestEndGirl November 08, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Evidently there are many more shitty parents around - and they're posting here today. You're all disgraceful that you would encourage something like this.
Liz Anderson November 08, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I am trying hard not to be judgemental but could the parents not have sent her to a boot camp right here in the US? I hope the girl gets back and is able to mend her relationship with her mother. I think if the mother wanted her back she would have brought her back by now. I wonder what was happening in that family that caused her to act out. I feel sorry for this girl. I am sure she deserved some sort of discipline but to be banished to another country is heartbreaking.
Michael Bennett November 08, 2013 at 01:40 PM
We should contract with Siberia instead of the private prison industry here in the US. Send unruly kids, adults, gangbangers send them all to Siberia. Give a whole new meaning to " Cooling off time".
William Bednarz November 08, 2013 at 01:42 PM
rebellious teenager?? is there no humor left in the world?? She just proved herself to be an American
Anna Richard November 08, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I will never put down a Mother. She has the worst job in the world, trying to control, the uncontrollable. This Mother who sent her child to Siberia has done the best she could do, I know! I've been there, done that. Only those who have been through this hell on earth, knows what it's like to have no help from the father. I gifted him with her, when we divorced and brought my 4 year old with me, when I moved out of State. This four year old, grew up, graduated from College and obtained a good paying job and bought me a home. So, if I was a good Mother to she and the other two children(excluding the incorrigible). I wonder why? My ex told me many times after the divorce that I was a "GOOD MOTHER' to my children, of whom he was also the father.
Tina Lanham Steelman Kttssteel November 08, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Well I can't judge this mother as I don't have all the facts as to what the teen was doing but if she felt it was in her best interest to send her then that is her decestion to make and not ours. I myself, when my daughter turned 15 started to notice a change in friends, attitude etc. and could see she was headed down a wrong path so I told her (OMG that I would spank her, I can imagine what flack I will get for that) she of course said I couldn't and wouldn't, well I did this was only like a week that we had noticed a complete change in our daughter, and had looked for help but couldn't find any even with great insurance, so after spanking her she decided to take a handful of tyneol that is what she said she took so we took her to the er and they sent her to a mental hospital for teens, after only 1 night there they called us to come get her because they were scared she would get hurt as she was not the type of teens the normally dealt with, so we went and got her needless to say her friends went back to the normal friends, attitude back to normal, she was back to our daughter. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do but it was for her well being and for her future as she had tested postive for pot. Never had another problem with her, and is a well adjusted adult with 4 lovely children has been married 10 yrs. but we noticed and watch and caught the signs early instead of burying our heads in the said. So judge if you will be you don't know the whole story from this woman but any mother would do what they think is in the best interest of their child if they are really parenting and paying attention to their kids. So that is may take on this story, we would need all the facts but I don't doubt the mother did what she thought was best no matter what the cost emotionally or financially that is what real parents do.
Dan Crabtree November 08, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Well the female band "pussy riot" found this out a dab too late as well...women for the most part are easy to convince to join any far left organization just look at charlie manson and his devoted band of followers and murderers... most were youg women..could go on and on naming dirfferent left wing organization who find indoctrination works quite well with women..
Redginger Farmer November 08, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I'm all for it.
Tina Lanham Steelman Kttssteel November 08, 2013 at 02:32 PM
at 15 is when the peer pressure really kicks in on drugs etc. so any parent worth being a parent will take whatever steps to protect their child from falling pray to all that is out there if they don't then they aren't paying attention to what is going on in there childrens life. Which is why there is so many kids out there taking the wrong path not because of what is happening at home but because they have no support system at home. Wake up people and interact with your kids starting at an early age so they fell comfortable coming to you with their problems, concerns, etc. don't just disipline them LISTEN to them talk to them like you would anyone else and treat them with respect and kindness.
Charles Schwartz November 08, 2013 at 02:33 PM
"She told me that her Dad is an alcoholic and beats her sometimes," Bennett said. What else would she say? And why are we taking her word for it?
Sarah November 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
If some parents spent a lot more time and attention to children when they are 1-10 years of age there would be far fewer problem young adults...
Kathleen Hamilton November 08, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Wow, poor kid, how dare her mother banish her to another country! Wicked woman! We all know there are programs and help in this country especially for a child. She has abandoned the child and I guarantee there is physical and emotional child abuse tied in here somewhere. Nowhere do I see the mother as loving her child. Wow!
Elina Ellie Bolokhova November 08, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I am incredibly stunned at the "you go girl" reaction most of the commenters here are having. This is child abandonment, pure and simple. Her mother lied about the identity of the girl's father until she was 12-years-old and as a result, she didn't even know the man her mom sent her away to. She had NO FOOD in the house and this stranger beat her. She didn't even know the Russian language. Whenever she calls home, the step-father won't even let this girl talk to her mother. This insane woman and her husband need to be investigated and their other children need to be taken away by child services.
Nikki Gibson November 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
@Rick Young I really don't know what Hobbit Hole you live in, and obviously you don't have large groups of friends with children, but I know lots of REALLY good parents that deal with children that have behavioral disorders. Just because a child has bad behavior doesn't mean they have bad parenting. I also have seen some really good kids come from really bad parenting because they decided to rise above their beginnings. You can't pigeonhole an entire demographic and say "this kid is bad, so therefore, they must have bad parents." That's absurd!
Angie Pineda November 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
@Jesica Fowler...I do have children and I wouldn't do something as despicable as what this woman did to her daughter. This woman passed the bucked because she didn't want to do her job as a mother!!! That is a disgrace. Based on the comments being posted here...it's obvious there are a lot of parents PASSING THE BUCK and that too is A DISGRACE. DO YOUR JOBS AS PARENTS.
Laura McClurg November 08, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Laurie Blackburn I am with you. For everyone out there with the snide comments, take this from someone this happened to. At 14 my older brother had been getting into some trouble (nothing by today's standards) and I had skipped classes a few times. My father decided we should have a 'vacation' with our birth mother (who had abandoned us the year I was born) and sent us to 'visit' her for Christmas. The 'visit' turned into 9 months of hell in which I was beaten by my birth mother. Burned with hot pans. Molested by her boyfriend. Removed from school so that I could help her at night in a nursing home where she illegally worked and dispensed medicine to the helpless patients. Raped by the son of a friend of hers. Thrown out of her home in the winter to sleep in the back yard when she caught her boyfriend trying to come into my room in the middle of the night. Packed up no less than 3 times and moved in the middle of the night in order to ditch landlords and creditors. When I went to counselors at the school, they called her and she told them "Oh, I was just mad and we had a fight." I was pulled out of school permanently after that. Denied access to a phone or contact with even the neighbors. Ending up 9 months later in a rat hole of a hotel in Truth or Consequences New Mexico cleaning this hotel doing the job she was hired for in order to sleep there at night. One evening with a severe migraine and being beaten in the parking lot for disturbing her daughter, a stranger in a restaurant next door saw her whaling on me and called the police. I was finally believed and removed that night by the police and placed in a foster home until they could find my father. About 1/2 a month later he agreed to take be back and I arrived back in Florida with the goodwill clothes on my back and nothing else. So some VACATION!!! If you cannot or do not wish to take care of your children, for the love of all that is holy, don't throw them away like garbage. There are thousands of people out there with the training, means and love to care for them. Children are not garbage or inconveniences, they are human and the future of our world. We learn what we live. By the way...I am now 50 years old. Married for 29 years to my husband. The mother of two wonderful children. My daughter is a college graduate with 2 degrees and in the US Army working in a hospital. My son is a 21 year old Marine who is about to make Sargent and re-enlisting. He was deployed overseas for 2 years and has received many medals and awards for his service. They both serve their country for each and every one of you. So God Bless the loving parent and God Bless and Protect all the children. There are no bad kids, only bad behavior. And behavior is learned!
Duane Fitzhugh November 18, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Clearly there are individuals here who should never attempt to procreate.
Childlike Wonder November 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I have the feeling that this whole "vacation to Russia" thing was engineered by the girl's stepfather who was tired of her nonsense. I'm pretty sure that the mom will not risk losing her meal ticket by bringing the girl back. I'm disgusted by both of these "parents" and I hope that they are feeling significant shame right now.
Childlike Wonder November 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Floyd Bullock, I hope to god you are sterile/celibate. You are far too damaged to breed.


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