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Adoptive parents on trial in Ethiopian girl's death
Source: Seattle Times
The trial of Larry and Carri Williams in Skagit County has revealed details of alleged child abuse, and highlighted gaps in protection of adopted children in Washington.
Immanuel Williams’ face barely showed over the witness stand.
Many in the courtroom could see only the top of his chair swivel slightly and his eyebrows scrunch up in confusion.
Sign-language interpreters relayed questions to the deaf 12-year-old boy, and the answers flashed from his fingertips.
“Very often that happened,” he signed, “that I went without food.”
Immanuel’s adoptive parents, Larry and Carri Williams, of Sedro-Woolley, are on trial in Skagit County Superior Court, charged with homicide by abuse, manslaughter and child assault for allegedly abusing Immanuel and their adoptive daughter, Hana, and causing her death. They have entered pleas of not guilty.
Three years ago, I wrote the following sad stories about Hana Williams, accusing Carri and Larry Williams, who killed Hana of Ethiopia by starving her to death.
Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Carri and Larry Williams,
This is your story you leave for this generation, and your story will be engraved in dark ink and put on your tombs when you leave this earth and go to join the two Biblical monsters, Pharaoh of Egypt and Herod of Judea, who murdered hundreds of innocent Jewish children. Whether you have killed one child or more, it doesn’t matter; you are still cold-blooded killers.
Why did you adopt two other children while you have had your own six biological children whom you adore, take care of, and neglect the others who were not your children, but I am sure you might have promised that you will treat them like the ones of your own children or at least like the ones of your cats or dogs?
After you beat the 13-year-old Hana, my own flesh and my own blood, with a long plastic tube, put her in a dark room, refused her food, made her sleep outside in a cold weather about 42 degrees, ordered her to shower with a garden hose while you were enjoying the Christmas Holiday with your own natural children, you let her finally die in the severely cold weather. After you killed her, you were very happy: “…sources told the investigators that Carri Williams complained about her adopted daughter and seemed happier after she died.” Is this the kind of story you would like to leave to your children and to this generation?
The good Lord will avenge Hana’s death in the hands of the two murderers – Carri and Larry Williams who hide her untimely death for more than four months without reporting it to the police. Of course, the cold didn’t kill Hana; the disease didn’t kill Hana; the beating didn’t kill Hana; the insult didn’t kill Hana; the discrimination didn’t kill Hana: What killed Hana was the deprivation of food ‘caused by a parent’s intentional food restriction, severe neglect, physical and emotional abuse and stunning endangerment.’
Hana was unable to get food from her adopted parents’ food storage because her cruel parents had locked it purposely to prevent her from getting food so that she could die of starvation quickly. One person informed investigators “that Carri Williams locked up the food and served only small portions, at times withholding food from her adopted children.” Another person testified Carri and Larry Williams played Christian music while Hana was locked up in the closet.
Her Ethiopian blood inside her was indeed telling Hana that she was from Ethiopia, a proud nation; therefore, after she had realized and saw the injustices her adopted parents were perpetrating upon her, she might have finally rebelled against her selfish parents as her parents told the detectives: “…Hana had become increasingly rebellious and on the night of her death refused to come inside the house.”
What house? She didn’t have a house; her parents had driven her out of their house to the cold weather without a proper clothe. They had refused her to take shower in their house of criminals. Finally, the merciless mother claimed she had found her daughter “face down with mud in her mouth, not breathing.” Mud in her mouth instead of bread! After Hana was starved to death, she might have been trying to survive by eating mud; she didn’t really have enough energy left to eat bread or mud at this time, so she died of starvation like some of the other Ethiopian children she left behind back at home.
My dearest Hana, you are now in heaven with Jesus Christ and with those other heavenly children who had been maliciously slaughtered while they were on this earth for a short time. May the good Lord give you a lasting peace, an eternal home that you couldn’t find here, and the real caring father and mother better than your artificial mother and father, the Williams! Rest in peace, my dear child!
10/01/11 @ 15:09
Hanna rest in Peace. Let me remind readers and our Ethiopian Government that not all adoptions are done of good intent.
Two Americans are in jail in I think Qatar charged of murdering their adopted son from Africa. Their are a husband and wife of Korean descent. The child was not Ethiopian. The inestigation is ongoing. They are suspected that the child died of complications while its kidney was extracted.
WE GOT TO STOP ADOPTIONS.
Poor Kid !!!SHAME on the local agencies specially the Agazi Bandits !!! Her parents were hoping that she would have a better life ."Enat gudwan alayetchewum…” endalehu ye hagere lidji .Our Young ladies enslaved in Arab Countries and the
poor kids falling in the hands of evil so called adoptive parents .Agazi bandits ,TPLF thugs and Aderby Bandas ,this is what the Legacy of your evil master !!!! MAY GOD MAKES HIM ROASTEN FOR EVER IN HELL !!!!!
Lots of Ethiopian children life is changed for good because of adoption. All adopted parents are not evil like the one who adopted Hanna. In some cases biological partners also abuse and murder their own children, even in Ethiopia. The World is full of sick and psychopath people. May God give Hanna the peace and love she didn’t get in earth
Teddy The TEDIOUS,
Do you know how BORING and tiresome you are?
Teddy you need to clear your head and start using your head than your butt. This has nothing to do with the present government.Adoptions are tragic and this kind of stuffs happen quite often. We hear this in America for years and years. Do we have to blame Obama for that ? Nope it started long before him. The same to this too. USE YOUR HEAD PROPERLY. IF YOU DON’T FEEL GOOD SEEK MEDICAL HELP, THERE MIGHT BE CANCER IN YOUR BRAIN.
RIP Hanna. It is very sad. I wish condolence to her parents and families.
What you fucking and annoying person you are. What has the relation between the government and the abusers? From any country kids can adopted and it is up to their chance to get nice or abuser adopters. The government didn’t tell the abusers to make such kind of cruelty.
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