U.S. couple convicted in adopted Ethiopian daughter’s death

MOUNT VERNON, Washington (AP) — A couple was convicted of manslaughter Monday in the malnutrition-and-hypothermia death of a teenage girl they adopted from Ethiopia.

A jury found Larry Williams guilty of first-degree manslaughter and wife Carri Williams guilty of homicide by abuse as well as manslaughter. The jury also convicted them both of assault.

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The jury couldn’t reach a decision on the homicide by abuse charge for Larry Williams, and the judge declared a mistrial on that count.

Larry and Carri Williams face a maximum life sentence, the Skagit Valley Herald newspaper reported (http://tinyurl.com/pdvtcmk ).

Hana Williams died in the backyard of the family’s home in May 2011. Prosecutors said she was starved, beaten and forced outside as punishment.

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. Tests on her 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.

Hana Williams was adopted in 2008.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/u-s-couple-convicted-in-adopted-ethiopian-daughter-s-death-1.1446327#ixzz2eWAiBhlu

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3 Responses to U.S. couple convicted in adopted Ethiopian daughter’s death

  1. bbx Reply

    September 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    May God rest her soul in Heaven.

  2. ኦብጼርቬር Reply

    September 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    We hear of abduction and abuse of children in the West.May be some criminals find it easy to get hold of children through abduction to satiate their thrust for crime.We must urge the Ethiopian Government and those NGOs that prepare children for adoption to make some background check on people who adopt Ethiopian children.It is also appropriate to follow up the well being of adopted children from time to time in order to stop the atrocities committed against them.

  3. Heather Reply

    October 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Your own post, “U.S. couple convicted in adopted
    Ethiopian daughter

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