Couple Convicted of Starving Adopted Daughter to Death

A Washington State couple was convicted of starving their adopted Ethiopian daughter to death, Goskagit.com.

Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley-area were convicted of all but one of the charges filed against them in the death of teenager Hana Williams and the abuse of an adopted son.

Hana was found starved to death in the back yard of the couple's home where Hana was forced to live as part of a strict discipline regimen dictated by the couple's religion.

A coroner's report concluded that Hana died of hypothermia (prolonged exposure to the cold weather) that was aggravated by gastritis (inflammation caused by her stomach eating itself) and malnutrition.

An examination of Hana's body also revealed multiple bruises on her body including a lump on her head.

At issue during the trial was Hana's age. Her adoption papers indicated she was 13 at the time of her death. But the couple's attorneys say she was older.

Hana's chronological age is a key factor in determining Larry Williams' homicide-by-abuse conviction. Homicide by abuse only applies if Hana was under 16 when she died.

Still, jurors found they had enough evidence to convict Larry Williams of homicide by abuse, according to Goskagit.com.

Members of Seattle's Ethiopian community attended the trial every day in support of Hana.

Metassibia Mulugeta told Goskagit.com the case was “heart-wrenching and unbelievable.”

Mulugeta was relieved that the convictions meant freedom for the Williams' eight surviving children, including the boy who testified about the abuse.

“Deprivation of food. Deprivation of socialization, within the family. Deprivation of sleep. Deprivation of total freedom. I mean, (Hana) was under control in every sense, and they both were,” Mulugeta said. “How long could she have lived and endured that?”

Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan Cook set a sentencing date in several weeks. They both face life in prison.

Cook set a $750,000 bail for Larry Williams and Carri Williams’ bail was set at $1.5 million.

  • countrytexasgal

    GM Sandra!

    This is so sad. She was a beautiful girl!

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/cd662b9573f6bf07ea9596614ac748ab.png Breezy

    :wtf: so sad and a shame.. why even adopt a child if your intentions are not to give the child a good life?

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    If Obama had another daughter, she would look like Hana. :sad:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/cd662b9573f6bf07ea9596614ac748ab.png Breezy

    They had 8 adopted kids so I'm assuming that they were more concerned with collecting a check for each child than their well being. :smh:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    See was a beautiful girl. To see that smile and know she is no longer on earth breaks my heart :cry: I am going to hug my kids a little tighter today. Thank you God for blessing me

  • http://pinterest.com/stilettosoulja Shuga Honey

    I guess she must have went out of style as a trendy accessory :tea:

    thats some wretched shyt tho. i can barely yell at my kids without feeling some kind of way i cant imagine what type of horrible human being you have to be to hurt a child. :no:

  • prima_donna2163

    :mad:

    See this ish right here burns me UP!!!!!!!! Just disgusting...no more wasted words on this filth!

    GM all! :waves:

  • http://pinterest.com/stilettosoulja Shuga Honey

    Sandra Rose says:

    If Obama had another daughter, she would look like Hana.

    _________________

    :winky: I see what you did there, Sandra

    Im surprised you didnt use the "stop beating your kids" logic on this one. this single black mother should not have....ooops i mean those married white religious folks.....nevermind.

    Morning everybody :hi:

  • luVn_liFe…

    SO SAD :heartborken:
    May Hanna,never let these people have any peace in their evil wicked life.
    How long was she with them?
    DID they abuse the rest of the kids??

  • BrownskinQT

    it is some sick people in this world. Good morning yall!!!

  • luVn_liFe…

    Hana Williams, adopted from Ethiopia in 2008, died of hypothermia in May 2011 after she was found unconscious outside shortly after midnight in temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius), authorities said

  • luVn_liFe…

    Prosecutors said her 10-year-old brother, who also was adopted from Ethiopia, was similarly mistreated.

    The parents kept the family isolated from non-relatives, home-schooled the children and followed strict religious principles described in the Christian parenting book "To Train Up a Child," investigators said.

    Both parents could face a maximum penalty of up to life in prison due to aggravating factors in the crime, although prosecutors said the judge had discretion in how lengthy their incarcerations would be.

    The Williamses will be sentenced next month by Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan K. Cook.
    "I did the best I could with what I knew," Carri said.

  • gypsyeyes

    Fugg whatever made up religion that they were practicing. I'm tired of ppl using religion as an excuse to do their evil doings.God has never condoned abuse and if I missed that verse in the Bible I wish someone could direct me there. I'm pissed! That child was beautiful...My heart is aching now!

  • MsB2u

    this is a sad story these adukts need their arse whipped

    :box: oh and good morning everybody

    :waves:

  • Miany

    this is tragic.. THIS is why I say I don't care WHO adopts a child as long as they intend to LOVE AND PROVIDE for said child...I can't stomach abuse of a child or the elderly.
    luVn_liFe... says:
    @MIANY
    have U read\Followed the story of the adopted son that killed his mother in Pembroke pines.the lady was his cousin who rescued him??
    ^^ :( The boy kinda grew up round my brother (they went to school together, were friends)...I met Ms. Natalie a few times. We were ALL shocked cuz he was on drugs and stuff but everyone thought he was getting better and she was going to court to help him. I still dunno why he did it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUu2g8K9nA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUCkVvFUwNf8dqL4LEdU7Q9A RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

    Sandra Rose says:

    If Obama had another daughter, she would look like Hana.
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    I laughed, because I see what you did there, but it's not funny. :( She was a pretty little girl. What religion did her adopted parent's practice that would have them treat their children like this?? UGH! I think I'll look into being a foster parent or adopt a child once I give Mr. Razz his princess I guess.

    Anything I can do to help these kids man... :no: Some of these kids just need attention and love :cry:

  • Crickett

    Why aren't there any social workers to check on adopted children. They adopted from Africa, that means they paid at least $25,000 for international adoption, still no random check ins. Was she home schooled? Sad, she was brought to this land to die.

  • luVn_liFe…

    @MIANY
    about the PemPines story,THEY said he raped that woman! Tis Y he killed her :no:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUu2g8K9nA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUCkVvFUwNf8dqL4LEdU7Q9A RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

    The parents kept the family isolated from non-relatives, home-schooled the children and followed strict religious principles described in the Christian parenting book “To Train Up a Child,” investigators said.
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    That ain't Christ-Like. :no: No reason why anyone should be following blindly what a book/someone else's OPINION says. :no:

  • Miany

    When you ADOPT a child it's different from FOSTER. Foster is temporarily providing a good home for a child until parent gets on feet or permanent placement found. When you foster a child, you get a check and SOcial Services got you on their list.
    Adoption is that permanent placement. Adopt a child and they ARE YOUR CHILD. People have to do backround and lots of classes, pay money, etc. but once it is approved and official, it's your kid. Folk don't come checking on em like that. :(
    THESE MOFOS were just crazy

  • luVn_liFe…

    The prosecution said the couple engaged in a pattern of abuse that left permanent physical scars and was tantamount to torture.

    Hana collapsed face down in the mud in May 2011 in the family’s backyard. An autopsy showed she died of hypothermia, with malnutrition and a stomach condition as contributing factors. Her emaciated body was covered in scratches and bruises.

    The 5-foot-tall girl, believed to be at least 13 years old, weighed just 78 pounds.
    Carri Williams testified that she thought Hana was healthy, and that she was unaware of the extent of her weight loss — 30 pounds in the year before she died.

    Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich is recommending 14 to 18 years for Larry Williams and 27 to 37 years for Carri Williams. Larry Williams spent almost two years in jail while the case was pending and could get credit for serving that time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUu2g8K9nA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUCkVvFUwNf8dqL4LEdU7Q9A RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

    Crickett, yea she was homeschooled. I was thinking how didn't she eat at school? and then I thought well if all of this were to happen she would have had to be homeschooled. Luvie confirmed. :(

  • luVn_liFe…

    Witnesses throughout the trial described the adopted children being starved, beaten and tortured.

    Hana spent her final months sleeping in a locked closet, showering outside with a hose, being forced to use a portable toilet behind a barn, being hit as many as 40 times a day and at times being barred from speaking to anyone.

    The adopted boy, who is deaf, testified by sign language that he was sometimes hit on the top of his head or the bottom of his feet and that both he and Hana were served cold and frozen food.
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    FcuKiNG SAD SAD SAD :no: SMH at how evil people Are :no:

  • luVn_liFe…

    Larry tried to separate himself from his wife with a few tear-filled words.

    "My daughter died," he said. "Possibly I could have done something to stop it. I didn't."

    Larry smiled — remembering when the couple adopted Hana and Immanuel from Ethiopia to join their own seven children. The former Boeing employee left Carri to homeschool and discipline the kids at their Sedro Wolley property.

    "Inside stuff mainly was Carri's domain," said Larry.

  • Miany

    :shocked: LUVN...I'm reading it now!! The sexual part makes me feel like she suffered waaay more than I assumed..
    ***The autopsy, NBC Miami said, showed the semen matched Lopes’ DNA, but Lopes’ attorneys say it’s not relevant because the sexual relationship was consensual.***
    It's crazy. That lady was so sweet and...I don't wanna say what I dunno cuz I wasn't there (and you dunno what people do behind closed doors) but I believe he is now LYING on her after he already killed her!!!

  • gypsyeyes

    I'm so bothered by this that I can't stop crying over here. It is an honor to have a child and when you make a decision to adopt I thought it was because you have so much love to give that you cant continue life without sharing it. My God, may she rest in peace. I'm stepping away cause my heart hurts. TTYL!

  • luVn_liFe…

    Larry admits he spanked Immanuel with a switch and belt. When the boy's behavior didn't change, Larry says he was told to hit the child's feet.

    "Who suggested it to you?" Asked attorney Rachel Forde.

    "Carri did," said Larry.

    Larry said it was also Carri's idea to shave Hana's head, lock her in a closet for hours and wash her with a garden hose in the backyard.

  • Miany

    yea... but Larry no matter what Carri told you to do .. yo dumb, grown azz is still responsible for LISTENING to her.

  • http://pinterest.com/stilettosoulja Shuga Honey

    gypsyeyes says:

    Fugg whatever made up religion that they were practicing. I’m tired of ppl using religion as an excuse to do their evil doings.God has never condoned abuse and if I missed that verse in the Bible I wish someone could direct me there. I’m pissed! That child was beautiful…My heart is aching now!
    ______________

    ppl take spare the rod and spoil the child and run with it. but if we are being honest, there is a lot of torture that goes on in the bible. drowning the whole earth but only sparing one family, setting sodom and gomorrah on fire, ppl getting turned into pillars of salt because they looked back at a land they just escaped from, the whole wtf story of Job, not to mention the whole bit about crucifiction.....and the stuff in revelations rivals any horror movie thats out today. the bible and in turn, religion, is full of violence. same goes for islam and the q'uran.

    its like quentin tarantino wrote the stories because some of that ish is sick!

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    Somebody :cell: me when have a new post. I can't take this today. I appreciate you keeping us informed SR of all aspects of the news.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    :newpost: Zimmerman had a gun

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUu2g8K9nA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUCkVvFUwNf8dqL4LEdU7Q9A RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

    Miany says:

    yea… but Larry no matter what Carri told you to do .. yo dumb, grown azz is still responsible for LISTENING to her.
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    Right. She said she got the stuff fromt he book, but did he read the book for himself to determain whether or not this shyt is humane? We see who wore the pants in that house. God gave you your own mind for a reason. Use it.

  • nybrn2

    She was a beautiful girl!! They need the death penalty!!! No child should have to suffer like that!!

  • FuturedocDonte

    If Obama had another daughter, she would look like Hana.
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    :eek:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Breezy says:

    They had 8 adopted kids so I’m assuming that they were more concerned with collecting a check for each child than their well being.
    __________________

    I corrected the post to reflect that Hana and her brother were the only children adopted.

  • deedeegirl

    very sad. they did not deserve this beautiful little girl.

  • 3halos

    Miany says:

    When you ADOPT a child it’s different from FOSTER. When you foster a child, you get a check and SOcial Services got you on their list.
    Adoption is that permanent placement. Adopt a child and they ARE YOUR CHILD. Folk don’t come checking on em like that. :(

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    Sad story. Such a beautiful child! So true Miany, so true. No checks are given nor are children "checked up" on when you adopt. You typically pay to adopt...you don't get paid to care for the children.

  • Jdore

    This is sad! They took this child in and were suppose to treat them as their own. :no:

  • AllNYC

    Sadists!!

    The God I serve is about love, mercy, and compassion. God would never tell you to treat a child like this.

    I wouldn't treat an animal the way they treated poor Hana.

  • Leslie

    May this angel rest in peace!