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“..I’m heartbroken! Poor Little Child”.
Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley of Washington State, were both found guilty of neglecting, abusing, and ultimately killing 13-year-old Hana Williams
- The couple left Hana to die from hypothermia and starvation in their backyard in May 2011
- Step-brother Immanuel testified he and Hana were beaten with sticks, hosed down, forced to eat frozen food and locked in closets as punishment
An autopsy showed that Hana died of hypothermia that was aggravated by chronic gastritis and malnutrition. Her bone-thin body was covered in bruises, including a lump on her shaved head, and red bloody markings on her hips, elbows and face. Defense lawyers argued that questionable parenting practices don’t necessarily amount to a crime. Hana is believed to have been 13, but no documentation of her birth in Ethiopia was available. The trial was postponed several times and her body was exhumed in January. The jury began deliberating last week. On Monday, they announced their decision to convict both the Williams’ of first degree manslaughter.
The class A felonies can mean life in prison and/or $50,000 fines, according to the Skagit Valley Herald. The jury was unable to decide if Larry Williams was guilty of homicide by abuse. In the end, only Carri Williams was convicted on that charge. Both Larry and Carri were also convicted of first degree assault on Hana’s adopted brother Immanuel. Tests on Hana’s teeth and bones gave varying estimates and experts were unable to agree on her age. Her age was significant because the homicide by abuse charge applies only if the victim was younger than 16, though experts were unable to say for sure if she was or was not. She was adopted in 2008.