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09/10/13

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US adoptive parents convicted of Ethiopian girl's death

US adoptive parents convicted of Ethiopian girl's death

BBC News

A US couple has been convicted of the manslaughter of a teenage girl they adopted from Ethiopia.

Larry and Carri Williams, of Washington state, starved and beat Hana Williams until she died in the backyard of their home in May 2011.

They were also convicted of the first-degree assault of a younger boy they had adopted from Ethiopia.

Defence lawyers conceded that the couple were bad parents, but argued that they were not criminals.

Hana's paperwork when she was adopted in 2008 indicated she would have been about 13 years old at the time of her death.

The husband and wife blamed each other throughout the trial, according to the Skagit Valley Herald.

She was found guilty of homicide by abuse and first-degree manslaughter.

He was convicted of manslaughter; the jury could not reach a verdict on homicide.

The couple, from the city of Sedro-Woolley, are expected to face a maximum life sentence.

Larry Williams (centre) sat a few feet away from his wife during the tria

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Comment from: raselase [Member]  
raselase

These is why me love America, justice been served rotten in jail bunch of cold blood murderers!!

09/10/13 @ 22:59
Comment from: Ge [Visitor]
Ge

A very very sad tragedy. I am heart Brocken for the kids from Ethiopia. I can only believe that the couples adopted the kids out of good intent and an evil happen , may be they thought nobody cares about these kids? I think anyone going to adopt should be aware of this issue and think hard!!! RIP my little Angeles !!!!!!!!!!

09/10/13 @ 23:55
Comment from: Z-ETHIOPIAN [Visitor]
Z-ETHIOPIAN

I am always proud to say that, I am an Ethiopian American. As for me it has always been a great pride to be born in the ancient land of Ethiopia and as the same time be a citizen of the greatest land of democracy the United States of America. I am not quite sure what the mental status of this couple is, but it was one of the saddest day of my life when I first learned the death of the young girl, obviously at the hand of her adoptive parents, supposedly who was to make this little girl’s life better and promised to be her mom and dad, but ended up killing her so savagely, they made fascist Mussolini the Abraham Lincoln of Italy, in the 1930th. I am very proud to be the citizen of the United states of America and Ethiopia and obviously very much satisfied with the decision of the court.

09/11/13 @ 05:21
Comment from: MIMI [Visitor]
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MIMI

THEY ARE EVANGELICAL REDNECK HILLBILLYS FROM RURAL WASHINGTON STATE.

09/11/13 @ 05:51
Comment from: nenewe [Visitor]
nenewe

A beautiful girl whose life was ahead of her was brutally cut short by savage adoptive parents. One can imagine the horror she had gone through when they starved and beat her.

This is what happens when parents with history of all sorts of conjugal problems are allowed to adopt. They simply take their frustration and anger on the innocent children they adopt.

RIP in peace my little angel.

09/11/13 @ 06:24
Comment from: WHATEVER [Visitor]
WHATEVER

America is far from being a democracy, ur brainwashed if u believe that and in this country u receive the type of justice that u can afford in the court system! God bless her little soul.

09/11/13 @ 11:22
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]  

The real question as to whether adaption of children or migration of young girls to the Middle East and South Africa and the consequent shocking stories we read is: what kinds of parents, relatives and society we are. The real question is what kinds of parents, relatives and society are Ethiopians who can give out their children to someone they don’t even know, what kind of parents are able to see their young daughters off with a smile to a cruel unknown world.

What good it will do for Hana what is happening now to the Williams?!

It is time to see inward who we really are, not outward how cruel the world is out there. There is no difference between the Williams or Gaddafi’s son wife and the parents, relatives and society of the victims. Ethiopians are fake parents and as cruel as the Willians are.

09/11/13 @ 15:13
Comment from: tutu [Visitor]
tutu

Thank you Washington State for good prosecution. Thank you the jurors for finding them guilty. Although this will not bring Hanna’s young life back or wash out the memory of abuse and the trauma from her brothers head, It is satisfying to know these criminals are going to pay for their barbaric act.

09/11/13 @ 17:06
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
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john john

we must change the law and ban adoption to oversea this is dangerous generation. Dont trust nobody.

09/11/13 @ 17:27
Comment from: Degitu Kumsa [Visitor]
Degitu Kumsa

I am deeply saddened by this tragic event. I look this beautiful and naive girl picture, and cried my heart out. My eyes are full of tears even when I write this. Yene Kenbet, Yene Abeba, Yene Hesan, Yene Enbut, Yene Lej, Yene Enat, Yene Wub Ethiopiawit. I wanted to hug and kiss her. Why they killed such an innocent little angel is beyond any explanation. I believe in the American system, and although nothing will bring her back the verdict is fair to our collective conscience as a human being.

09/12/13 @ 01:50
Comment from: ayle [Visitor]
ayle

The kind of experience Hanna went through is not the exception, what some adopted Ethiopians went through these foreigners, One only need to search the internet to find out the despicable experience they are going through. Since these children were given away to anyone, who was able to show the money, can have choices of children. In the mix of these so called christian adoptive parents, there are also pedophilia, child abuser, etc. like that of the Williams. The fact of the matter is that such people were able to have these kids with no question asked by a country like Ethiopia, who came in to the business of shipping children as a means of gaining a foreign exchange of dollars and Euros. Naturally, people who we not able to adopt children from any country, which also includes their own country do come to Ethiopia, since the government of Ethiopia’s objective is to make money on these throw away children

The sad fact is that Ethiopia is now a number one destination of getting these throw away children, since other countries have become strict and have tightened there requirements to adopt.

09/12/13 @ 11:53
Comment from: Martha [Visitor]
Martha

It is sad, that both Hanna and her deaf brother came to this family. They all were merciless. As to the adoption settings, I have to say this: this kids need to be adopted by loving parents who have the space, time, love and patience to these little children. I don’t want to mention the details the Williams wife was telling friends and family members how much she hated Hanna. A mother of 5 shouldn’t be allowed to adopt these kids. Besides, her reason for adopting the deaf boy was wicked. Since she knows how to communicate with such disabled people, she brought one from Ethiopia and punished and tortured him as he has difficulty hearing what she has to say.
To be blamed, is the government in Ethiopia, who allows such people adopt these kids. Hanna rest in peace!

09/12/13 @ 17:38
Comment from: bill [Visitor]
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bill

Ethiopia should ban foreign adoptions period. These stories have become too common. I wonder how many more are suffering and forgotten…if a country cannot protect its own citizens it has failed miserably.

09/13/13 @ 04:05
Comment from: Mario [Visitor]
Mario

Hana, may your soul rest in peace.

It is sad to know you were destined to die in the hands of the merciless obsessional neurotic couple. While you and your brother, Immanuel were being tortured, the “parents were listening to recordings of the Bible on tape and Christian music”. That is, killing young children in the name of Christian teaching and ritual. May be, nothing has gone wrong as far as the couple’s belief and religious principles are concerned. For us, the moral of the story is horrific and devastating.

Will justice be served? May be or may be not. We shall wait and see.

09/13/13 @ 13:01
Comment from: Solomon Tebebu [Visitor]
Solomon Tebebu

What is it that has metamorphosed our total perception into acceptance of the pseudo fact that the would-be-home-somewhere is better than our very home? While economic and political problems are the epicenter of these various style migrations (political asylum, ferry boat escapes, cross border runners, non-certified hiring & adoption agencies, green cards, scholarships, etc.,), the common trend is we as people have created a mythical image of the foreign lands that even the well-offs couldn’t shake off the temptation to go somewhere by putting their money and time into a hope of making more money. Some just go abroad without the need just to participate in the main stream thinking or just for the bragging rights. Staggering number of Well-offs and well to do families, people who have it all and yet thrive in sending their sons and daughters to Europe, North America or anywhere else for that matter, couldn’t even free themselves off of the wrong assumptions about the “rosy unknown abroad”.

Our society’s tendency to overrate the “unknown land” can either be seen as reasonable or unreasonable depending on the angle one looks at it from. Anyway there are many glaring factors that contributed to this “the grass is greener elsewhere” perception. What once up on a time was meant to be only for the few privileged, traveling abroad has become through the years so common even for those less privileged to the point where nowadays it would be a surprise to find a family not to have some family member or at least a relative not living abroad. One might ask why I am talking about migration while the story is about poor Hana whose life was cut short because of a poorly managed adoption system. We all understand that through decades of promoting the unknown foreign lands knowingly or unknowingly, we managed to build an image of a land somewhere other than Ethiopia as being the modern day Canaan where milk and honey are flowing. And the mass understandably follows the myth. The fact of the matter is, we have been extolling the stranger’s house regardless of its merits, and through the process we have destroyed the image of our own house no matter how beautiful it is. Hence the ever growing number of our sisters converting to Islam (at least on papers) to travel to the Arab world, the political shortstops, the real dissidents, the opportunists, the traitors, the endangered, the imposters, you name it, have been making a virtually nonstop outflow to foreign lands where the stay-overs made to wonder that there must be something wrong with them that they are still in their home land.

The phenomena of adoption are not necessarily endemic to Ethiopia. Lack of economic opportunities, political issues coupled with the myth that has been germinating in the minds of citizens for decades has triggered people to create different ways and strategies to leave their country. Now, the parents of this poor child or many more like them for that matter believe that they can have a better opportunity for their kids and maybe a little bit for themselves also through the process. It is a very, very sad and depressing NEWS. It didn’t work out well for neither party whether the biological parents or the adoptive parents worst of all an innocent little child lost her life.

My brothers and sisters, we must start adopting our Ethiopian children. We must do our part to contribute in creating economical opportunities for the young generations. This might be the only way we can stop the next suicide, abuse or public embarrassment that are imposed on our sisters in the Arab countries or else where. We must play a role to prevent similar future tragedies from happening that took the life of the beautiful, little girl like Hana (RIP).

09/13/13 @ 20:35

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