Washington couple found guilty of killing adopted daughter

Sep 10, 2013

A mother accused of starving her adopted daughter and leaving her outside in the cold was convicted of manslaughter and homicide by abuse in Washington state on Monday.

Carri Williams and her husband Larry Williams were accused in 2011 of causing their Ethiopian teenage daughter’s death.

Carri Williams has maintained her innocence throughout the trial, but was found guilty of homicide by abuse on Monday, a representative of the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office said.

Larry Williams was convicted of manslaughter, a lesser charge than his wife’s. The jury could not come to an agreement that he had committed homicide by abuse and the judge declared a mistrial, according to NBC affiliate KOMO.

“There was no theory and insufficient evidence of manslaughter in the first degree," Larry Williams’ lawyer, Rachel Forde told KOMO.

Reuters reported that the couple’s daughter, Hana, died of hypothermia in the family’s backyard. The young girl was adopted in 2008 and investigators told Reuters that the young girl's parents beat her, starved her and forced her to use an outhouse.

Both parents were also found guilty of assault of a child linked to the abuse of their 10-year-old son, also adopted from Ethiopia. According to Reuters, the family practiced disciplinary methods from the book “How to Train a Child.”


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  • Is it time for faith-based abuse, faith-based manslaughter and faith-based murder to be listed as crimes in their own right? If faith-heads want special recognition based on their beliefs, how about we start by recognizing that sometimes faith-based initiatives lead to this sort of outrage?!

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  • How to TRAIN a child? You mean like the way we train a dog? Do these people think their children are pets? Of course abusing a pet is also a crime.

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  • In reply to #2 by Roedy:

    I don’t see the religious connection. Is ““How to Train a Child.” a religious text?

    According to Amazon.com’s description this is an evangelical Christian method of raising children. For only $7.16 this book on how to torture and eventually kill your child can be yours. While there are over 1,000 reviews claiming how awful this book is there are also over 900 reviews on how great it is. It makes one want to cry.

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    IDLERACER says:

    I just looked the book up on Amazon. The correct title is “To Train Up A Child.” It was written by a couple of Manson Familyesque ex-hippies with serious mental problems. Click HERE.

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    Christiana Magdalene Moodley says:

    How about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth here.That’s biblical so that monstrous woman should submit to such punishment.What’s worse than committing murder?Nothing that that child could possibly have done.
    After all, if you dish it out, you should be prepared to take it too.

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  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/03/how-many-more-must-die-2.html

    “If you are just beginning to institute training on an already rebellious child, who runs from discipline and is too incoherent to listen, then use whatever force is necessary to bring him to bay. If you have to sit on him to spank him then do not hesitate. And hold him there until he is surrendered. Prove that you are bigger, tougher, more patiently enduring and are unmoved by his wailing. Defeat him totally. Accept no conditions for surrender. No compromise. You are to rule over him as a benevolent sovereign. Your word is final.”


    “It has come to may attention that a vocal few are decrying our sensible application of the Biblical rod in training up our children. I laugh at my caustic critics, for our properly spanked and trained children grow to maturity in great peace and love.”


    not religious enough for you?

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  • I read an article during the summer about how there was a surge in adoptions from Africa by Evangelical parents a few years back. And parents didn’t just adopt one, but many at a time. They did this for various reasons, but most of them had to do with praising god, and saving god’s “children”, indoctrinate the adoptive children, etc. The results were not good. The parents didn’t do it because they actually wanted the children, but because of religious convictions. So because of that these African children were often nothing more but rescue pets for them, and came usually second after the biological children in the family. I guess this tragedy is also a fallout of that adoption craze.

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  • 11
    Stevehill says:

    The report refers to a book “How To Train A Child” without naming any author. I can’t find such a book. Anyone got any better clues?

    Do they mean “To Train Up A Child” by the odious Michael and Debi Pearl? If so, that book has form and has already been linked with other homicides.

    I hope the Pearls end up in the hell they so earnestly believe in.

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  • The Guardian has a much more comprehensive article on this story. It also shows the religious inspiration (and the book in question) behind this killing.

    According to the article, the so-called mother said:

    “I did the best I could with what I knew”

    Didn’t her lawyers explain to her that ignorance is not a defense in law?

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    crookedshoes says:

    The light in this young girl’s smile has been extinguished by religion. How many so far? How many more?

    What price is too high to pay?

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    ApexDisorder says:

    My father trained me, just as his father trained him…
    I’m fine, ……, wait no I’m not…….thanks U.S.M.C. for teaching me how to bleed a man out by the time I was 5……

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    Sue Blue says:

    It’s “How To Train Up A Child” by Michael Pearl. He and his wife Debi are fundamentalists who have written absolutely abhorrent books on how children are born evil and must be physically and emotionally browbeaten into submission. It’s notorious as the book that recommends beating children with plastic pipes no larger than 1/2″. Several child deaths have been linked to this book through fanatic parents who took its advice to heart. Debi Pearl has a piece of trash out called “Created To Be His Helpmeet” – all about how women must subdue their evil urges to be independent, intelligent, self-respecting human beings in order to fully “submit” to their male overlords. I kid you not. Check it out for yourself, but do it on an empty stomach.
    In reply to #2 by Roedy:

    I don’t see the religious connection. Is ““How to Train a Child.” a religious text?

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    Sue Blue says:

    In reply to #6 by IDLERACER:

    I just looked the book up on Amazon. The correct title is “To Train Up A Child.” It was written by a couple of Manson Familyesque ex-hippies with serious mental problems. Click HERE.

    Only slightly less abhorrent – if only because it’s aimed at adult women instead of children – is Debi Pearl’s screed called “Created To Be His Helpmeet”. It’s all about how women are entirely to blame for every problem in a marriage, and how those problems can be solved if only she recognizes her husband’s God-given superiority and authority over her and strives to quash her every thought and urge into continuous efforts to meet his every want and need. You can never cook well enough, keep a clean enough house, keep your kids quiet enough, or be sexy enough to keep your man happy unless you acknowledge how worthless you’d be without him. The alternative is to be one of those soulless harpies that earn their own money and evict every egg from their frigid wombs and emasculate men with their intelligence and independence! The horror! Debi Pearl advocates nothing less than complete slavery to patriarchy, and she does it in such a snarky, passive-aggressive, self-loathing, woman-hating way that even a first year psych student could diagnose her as seriously ill. Reading it, you wonder how much manual remodeling of her face and mind her husband, and maybe her father also, has done over the years she’s spent in their crazy patriarchal religious cult.
    I think this vile pair of religious fundies ought to be held in the same regard as those who write books on how to poison or make pipe bombs. They are insane, destructive whackos who profit from the gullibility and desperation of the ignorant.

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