Hana Grace-Rose Williams (Hana Alemu Befekadu) and Immanuel Williams

Hana Williams  Hana Grace-Rose Williams  Two videos, before and after Hana Williams

13-year-old girl adopted from Ethiopia in 2008, by Larry and Carri Williams, died after being forced to stay outside the home on a rainy night. Hana Williams had Hepatitis B and was adopted at age 10 along with an unrelated 7 yr old deaf boy, Immanuel from Kidane Mihret orphanage. Williams had 7 bio children.

Both adopted children were beaten with various implements, hosed off, and forced to eat wet sandwiches and frozen food outdoors. Hana was frequently locked in a closet and made to sleep in a barn. She was required to use an outdoor hose to shower and port a pot for elimination.

The coroner said Hana's cause of death was “hypothermia and chronic starvation caused by a parent’s intentional food restriction, severe neglect, physical and emotional abuse and stunning endangerment.” Hana had H Pylori and Giardia (easily treated parasites). Hana weighed 78 lbs, having lost 30 pounds in the year prior to her death, and was about the same weight as when she arrived from Ethiopia 3 years earlier.

The Williams attended several churches but were home churching around the time Hana died. The Williams read and recommended "How to Train Up a Child". Both children were homeschooled and beaten with a belt, wooden spoon, a plumbing supply rod, and a gluestick.
Date: 2011-05-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Persons: Gail Gorfe

Post placement


Sedro Woolley, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps
DocumentDatesort icon
Hana's Story: An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again.2013-11-10
U.S. adoptive mother gets 37 years for Ethiopian girl's death2013-10-29
Williams couple to be sentenced Oct. 82013-09-12
The Crazy Parenting Book That Inspired Parents To Kill Daughter (And How To Avoid Another Tragedy) 2013-09-11
Williams Trial: Mother guilty on 3 counts, father on 22013-09-09
No verdict yet, juror excused from Williams trial2013-09-06
Were children victims of evil or tragedy? [includes photos]2013-09-05
Williams case handed to jury2013-09-05
Prosecutors describe 'house of horrors' in Hana Williams trial2013-09-04
Closing arguments under way in Williams case2013-09-04
Carri Williams: Hana ‘unintentionally’ killed self2013-08-31
Carri Williams: Husband was head of house2013-08-30
Carri Williams: Hana did this to herself2013-08-30
Hana Williams was at least 15, another expert testifies2013-08-29
Testimony: Williams parents shared punishment decisions2013-08-28
Larry Williams: I’m ‘ashamed’2013-08-27
Larry Williams testifies about shame, regret2013-08-27
Cousin’s testimony stricken2013-08-27
Doctor: Williamses starved Hana2013-08-27
Doctor: Williamses starved Hana2013-08-26
Adopted boy cried when talking about Williams home, foster mother says2013-08-21
Williams mother said she thought dying girl was “pretending”; Defense unsuccessfully subpoenas prosecutor2013-08-20
Williams son: Hana was 'possessed,' siblings should keep quiet2013-08-19
Williams son: Children forbidden to speak to stricken girl2013-08-16
Williams children told to keep quiet on spankings, son says2013-08-16
Murder charge may be thrown out because adopted girl's age2013-08-09
Adopted boy snaps on the stand2013-08-08
Williams adopted son: Mother, siblings mocked stricken girl2013-08-08
Williams son: Mom tried to train Hana to “think differently”2013-08-07
Williams daughters: Adopted siblings got different punishments2013-08-06
Willliams daughter: Adopted daughter left in the cold, told to exercise2013-08-06
Carri Williams recounts ‘mistakes’; Says she and husband had equal parts in child discipline2013-08-00
Homicide-by-abuse trial begins Monday2013-07-21
Motions to dismiss charges in homicide case denied2013-07-17
Prosecutors take issue with defense expert in Williams case2013-01-17
Local parents plead not guilty to killing adopted daughter2012-11-29
Parents plead not guilty to killing adopted daughter; body to be exhumed2012-11-28
Williams couple pleads not guilty in daughter's death; Prosecutors' request to exhume daughter's body granted2012-11-28
Prosecutors file new charges against Williams couple2012-11-22
Report links rash of abuse, state adoption policy flaws2012-10-20
Mom accused in daughter's abuse death is back in jail2012-04-20
A Crackdown on International Adoptions2012-02-07
State officials investigating several cases of abuse of adopted children2012-01-14
Did Hana's parents 'train' her to death?2011-11-27
Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate2011-11-06
Parents accused of killing adopted Ethiopian daughter 'were inspired by religious discipline book 2011-10-27
Anderson Cooper 360: Interview with Michael Pearl2011-10-26
Statement from Adoption Advocates International regarding Hana Williams death2011-10-20
Charged mother of dead teen: ' I think my daughter killed herself' [911 call]2011-10-13
Case file: Parents starved and beat girl, locked her out in the cold2011-09-30
Skagit County Sheriff Office Affidavit - ProbableCause Affadavit2011-09-28
'I think my daughter just killed herself,' mother tells dispatcher [911 call]2011-09-27
Questions Surround Death Of Hana Williams2011-09-12
Coroner: Adopted teen died of hypothermia in backyard2011-08-01
Death of adopted girl outside in cold yard prompts CPS probe2011-08-01
Hana Grace-Rose Williams - Obituary2011-05-12
To train up a child
Williams friend: Larry was a ‘caring daddy’

Worse and worse

The information coming out in this case is worse than originally thought. Looks like another wacky abusive homeschooling large family situation.

More info on Williams

Some of the latest Williams information can be found here:


Many adopters use the "sage"

Many adopters use the "sage" advice of the Pearls.  They should be added to PPL as one of the many sick connections of adoption.

Pearls of wisdom?

Obviously we agree, as some information about the couple has already been added.  

If there is more information, or more articles written about Michael and Debi Pearl, please send them our way.  I believe it's essential that other APs see and read how easy it is to be grossly misled and misguided by those who seem to preach all the right answers.   No child deserves such brutal treatment, and parents who go this far with "training" their child should be held accountable, and re-trained, themselves.




Video about Hanna

Gluesticks and Ezzo's

I tagged this case with 'gluestick' as Hana and her brother were beaten with a gluestick as well as a plumbing supply line. I thought maybe Carrie invented the gluestick concept...  I just learned another 'child disciplinarian' advocates whipping with glue sticks.

Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo have a series of books called Babywise..... run, run as fast as you can from the methods promoted by Ezzos or Pearls


Pound Pup Legacy