Parents from Washington state were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to several decades in prison after a jury found them guilty of abusing, starving, and forcing their adopted daughter to stay outside in the cold as punishment.
Larry and Carri Williams were convicted of manslaughter starving their 13-year-old daughter Hana Williams to death and were sentenced to their maximum prison sentences in a Skagit County, Wash. court on Oct. 29, 2013. The parents adopted the girl from Ethiopia in 2008, and left her outside in their backyard to die from hypothermia and starvation in May 2011.
Hana Williams’ Parents Convicted In Her Death By Starvation
Both of Hana’s parents received the maximum sentence allowed for their crimes. In addition to manslaughter charges, the girl’s mother was found guilty of homicide by abuse, reported The Daily Mail.
“Carri Williams was sentenced to just under 37 years, the top of the standard sentencing range, by a judge who said she probably deserved more time in prison,” reported The Seattle Times. ”Her husband, Larry Williams, received a sentence of nearly 28 years.”
Each parent was also found guilty of assault for their severe punishment of their son Immanuel, now 12, who they also adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. He testified at the couple’s trial, and said that he and Hana were beaten with switches and belts. He also told the court that as punishment for their behavior, he and Hana “were fed frozen meals, hosed down and forced to sleep in closets, where they would listen to recordings of the Bible on tape and Christian music,” reported The Daily Mail.
Hana Williams Dies From Hypothermia & Starvation
An autopsy performed on Hana revealed that ”she died of hypothermia, with malnutrition and a stomach condition as contributing factors,” reported The Daily Mail.
Child Protective Services removed eight children from the Williams’ home after they were arrested: Immanuel and seven of the couple’s biological children.
WATCH: Couple Charged With Death Of 13-Year-Old Hana Williams
– HL Staff