Washington couple guilty in death of adopted daughter Hana Williams

The knee jerk reaction to this story would be that the parents were being racist. I have my doubts. The truth is, not everyone makes a good parent and some are spectacularly bad at it. As far as these two were concerned, they were probably just trying to tame the girl who may simply have been having difficulty getting used to a new environment, lifestyle and rules.

Not making excuses for them though. I think the judgment is fair.

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The starving girl died naked, face down in the mud in the backyard of her Sedro-Wooley, Wash., home just three years after Larry and Carri Williams adopted her from Ethiopia. Skagit County jurors convicted the husband and wife of manslaughter.


BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


	Hana Williams who was killed by her adoptive parents. She died of hypothermia after being forced to sleep outside in May.

REMEMBRANCE OF HANNA WILLIAMS VIA FACEBOOK

Hana Williams died of malnourishment and hypothermia after her adopted parents starved, beat and forced her outside.

They killed their adopted daughter through systematic abuse. Now a Washington couple will go to prison.

A jury convicted Larry and Carri Williams of manslaughter in the death of Ethiopian-born Hana Williams.

The starving girl died naked in the cold and rain in the family’s backyard in 2011.

She was discovered lying face down in the mud.

Carri Williams reacts after she was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her adopted daughter, Hana, on Monday, in Mount Vernon, Wash.

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Carri Williams reacts after she was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her adopted daughter, Hana, on Monday, in Mount Vernon, Wash.

“She came to America, you know the American dream and all those sort of things, and you know it was more like ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’” Prosecutor Rich Weyrich said, according to KOMO News.

The Skagit County jury found Larry Williams guilt of first-degree manslaughter. Carri Williams was found guilty of homicide by abuse as well as manslaughter.

The jury couldn’t reach a decision on a homicide by abuse charge against the husband.

Larry Williams was found guilty of manslaughter in Hana’s death, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on a charge of homicide by abuse.

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Larry Williams was found guilty of manslaughter in Hana’s death, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on a charge of homicide by abuse.

The couple faces life in prison, but could be sentenced to less.

Larry and Carri Williams adopted Hana in 2008 from Ethiopia. The little girl hoped for a better life, but entered a world of vicious punishment.

During the trial, witnesses testified the Larry and Carri Williams tortured, beat and starved Hana as well as an adopted younger brother, Immanuel, the Seattle Times reported.

Her new parents saw her as “rebellious” and forced her to sleep in a locked closet, wash outside with a hose and use an outhouse as her bathroom.

Hana thought she was headed for a better life when Larry and Carri Williams adopted her in 2008 from Ethiopia.

REMEMBRANCE OF HANNA WILLIAMS VIA FACEBOOK

Hana thought she was headed for a better life when Larry and Carri Williams adopted her in 2008 from Ethiopia.

Hana lost 30 pounds in the last year of her life, weighing just 78 pounds when she died, the paper reported. She was 5 feet tall and believed to be 13 years old.

Prosecutors said Hana was starved, beaten and forced outside in May 2011. She collapsed in the mud.

An autopsy found she was malnourished and suffered a stomach infection.

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A Facebook page pays tribute Hana, who was discovered face down in the mud behind her adopted parents' home.

JUSTICE FOR HANA VIA FACEBOOK

A Facebook page pays tribute Hana, who was discovered face down in the mud behind her adopted parents’ home.

Defense attorneys argued Larry and Carri Williams’ questionable parenting tactics didn’t amount to a crime.

The trial was delayed several times so experts could exhume Hana’s body and try to confirm her age from her teeth and bones.

There was no documentation of her birth available from Ethiopia.

Prosecutors recommended 14-18 years in prison for Larry Williams and 27-37 years for Carri Williams, the paper reported.

The husband and wife were also convicted of an assault charge for the abuse of Immanuel.

With News Wires Services

dmmurphy@nydailynews.com

Culled from nydailynews.com

 

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