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

2011 May 12



post placement


Gail Gorfe


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.


Title Publication date
Ethiopia Bans All Foreign Adoptions 2018 Apr 2
Ethiopia bans foreign adoptions 2018 Jan 10
Hana's Story: An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again. 2013 Nov 10
U.S. adoptive mother gets 37 years for Ethiopian girl's death 2013 Oct 29
Williams couple to be sentenced Oct. 8 2013 Sep 12
The Crazy Parenting Book That Inspired Parents To Kill Daughter (And How To Avoid Another Tragedy) 2013 Sep 11
Williams Trial: Mother guilty on 3 counts, father on 2 2013 Sep 9
No verdict yet, juror excused from Williams trial 2013 Sep 6
Were children victims of evil or tragedy? [includes photos] 2013 Sep 5
Williams case handed to jury 2013 Sep 5
Prosecutors describe 'house of horrors' in Hana Williams trial 2013 Sep 4
Closing arguments under way in Williams case 2013 Sep 4
Carri Williams: Hana ‘unintentionally’ killed self 2013 Aug 31
Carri Williams: Husband was head of house 2013 Aug 30
Carri Williams: Hana did this to herself 2013 Aug 30
Hana Williams was at least 15, another expert testifies 2013 Aug 29
Testimony: Williams parents shared punishment decisions 2013 Aug 28
Larry Williams: I’m ‘ashamed’ 2013 Aug 27
Cousin’s testimony stricken 2013 Aug 27
Larry Williams testifies about shame, regret 2013 Aug 27
Doctor: Williamses starved Hana 2013 Aug 27
Doctor: Williamses starved Hana 2013 Aug 26
Williams friend: Larry was a ‘caring daddy’ 2013 Aug 24
Adopted boy cried when talking about Williams home, foster mother says 2013 Aug 21
Williams mother said she thought dying girl was “pretending”; Defense unsuccessfully subpoenas prosecutor 2013 Aug 20
Williams son: Hana was 'possessed,' siblings should keep quiet 2013 Aug 19
Williams children told to keep quiet on spankings, son says 2013 Aug 16
Williams son: Children forbidden to speak to stricken girl 2013 Aug 16
Murder charge may be thrown out because adopted girl's age 2013 Aug 9
Williams adopted son: Mother, siblings mocked stricken girl 2013 Aug 8
Adopted boy snaps on the stand 2013 Aug 8
Williams son: Mom tried to train Hana to “think differently” 2013 Aug 7
Willliams daughter: Adopted daughter left in the cold, told to exercise 2013 Aug 6
Williams daughters: Adopted siblings got different punishments 2013 Aug 6
Carri Williams recounts ‘mistakes’; Says she and husband had equal parts in child discipline 2013 Aug
Homicide-by-abuse trial begins Monday 2013 Jul 21
Motions to dismiss charges in homicide case denied 2013 Jul 17
Prosecutors take issue with defense expert in Williams case 2013 Jan 17
Local parents plead not guilty to killing adopted daughter 2012 Nov 29
Parents plead not guilty to killing adopted daughter; body to be exhumed 2012 Nov 28
Williams couple pleads not guilty in daughter's death; Prosecutors' request to exhume daughter's body granted 2012 Nov 28
Prosecutors file new charges against Williams couple 2012 Nov 22
Report links rash of abuse, state adoption policy flaws 2012 Oct 20
Mom accused in daughter's abuse death is back in jail 2012 Apr 20
A Crackdown on International Adoptions 2012 Feb 7
State officials investigating several cases of abuse of adopted children 2012 Jan 14
Did Hana's parents 'train' her to death? 2011 Nov 27
Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate 2011 Nov 6
Parents accused of killing adopted Ethiopian daughter 'were inspired by religious discipline book 2011 Oct 27
Anderson Cooper 360: Interview with Michael Pearl 2011 Oct 26
Statement from Adoption Advocates International regarding Hana Williams death 2011 Oct 20
Charged mother of dead teen: ' I think my daughter killed herself' [911 call] 2011 Oct 13
Case file: Parents starved and beat girl, locked her out in the cold 2011 Sep 30
Skagit County Sheriff Office Affidavit - ProbableCause Affadavit 2011 Sep 28
'I think my daughter just killed herself,' mother tells dispatcher [911 call] 2011 Sep 27
Questions Surround Death Of Hana Williams 2011 Sep 12
Coroner: Adopted teen died of hypothermia in backyard 2011 Aug 1
Death of adopted girl outside in cold yard prompts CPS probe 2011 Aug 1
Hana Grace-Rose Williams - Obituary 2011 May 12