Thirteen year old, Hanna Williams’s nude, dead body was found dead wrapped in a dirty sheet in her back yard on May 12, 2011. Adoptive parents, Larry and Carri Williams were arrested Thursday, September 29, 2011 by the Sagget County Sheriff Department. Larry and Carri Williams are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Hanna was adopted from Ethiopia, along with her now 10-year-old deaf-mute brother, Immanueal by Larry and Carri Williams in 2008. The Williams were approved to adopted these children through “Adoptive Advocates International” (AAI) an international adoption agency.
According to the “Probable Cause Affidavit” Hanna was made to sleep outdoors or in the barn often. She was made to use a “Port-a-Potty” out behind the barn. Upon her arrival in the United States, Hannah was within all normal weight and developmental levels. Hanna had lost a lot of weight due to be denied food.
According to the arrest warrant, Carri Williams would stomp on the floor and yell at her deaf adoptive son. She then would punish him for “faking” not hearing her. The tool Carri Williams used was plumbing supply line, a flexible plastic tube, which the surviving children tell police Ms. Williams would keep in her bra. Ms. Williams allegedly told numerous people how much she regretted adopted either of the children. Ms. Williams allegedly stated numerous times how much she disliked Hannah.
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The Probable Cause Affidavit gives horrific details of the investigation uncovered by law enforcement into Hanna’s death. Included are interviews with the surviving children, and medical examiner report concerning Hanna Williams death, and others who knew these adoptive parents were also interviewed.
Documents found in the Williams home included the book entitled “To Train Up a Child” by Michael and Debi Pearl. The Pearl’s child training methods have been linked to the death of Sean Paddock and Lydia Schatz. More recently, Gary Tuchman, a correspondent with CNN’s Anderson Cooper-360 did a story on the Schatz case. Included is an interview with Michael and Debi Pearl.
Many IFB pastors, and churches sell this book in their church bookstore. It is often given at baby showers, and to young parents by their IFB pastor.
For a more precise timeline surrounding the death of Hana Williams please read, How Could You? Hall of Shame UPDATED