Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley, Washington will receive the maximum prison sentences allowed under Washington State law after being found guilty of beating and starving their adopted daughter Hana in the “good Christian way” outlined in Michael and Debi Pearl’s Christian guide to
homicide raising children, To Train Up a Child.
The Pearls’ “Christian” guide recommends that parents spare no
abuse corrective measures in ensuring that their children are obedient, unthinking, complacent drones well-behaved. The brutal methods described in this book have enraged sensible people nationwide since the deaths of Lydia Schats (2010), who died after “several hours” of spanking, and Sean Paddock (2006), who suffocated as a result of being wrapped tightly in blankets. Hana Williams (2011) is the latest to find justice as a victim of a couple of maniacs’ strict adherence to a book that advocates abuse as a means of breaking a child’s spirit.
The Pearls, on their web site, advocate disciplining children with 1/4” plumbing supply line from the local hardware store–even keeping a length of it in each room to reinforce the fear. The Pearls warn to “be careful about using it in front of others–even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers.” The plumbing supply line is recommended because it reduces the chance of leaving evidence (bruising).
The Pearls recommend whipping children as young as a few months old. On page 19 of their book, they say parents who do not beat their babies “into complete submission” are “lazy, careless, and neglectful” and are, according to page 45, “creating a Nazi.” Parents should, according to these TEAvangelical idiots, should whip their children simply for calling out to them. If a child is having a tantrum, according to page 80, they should whip him/her until the crying becomes a “wounded, submissive, whimper.” Even if a child obeys before being viciously beaten, that should not make a difference, according to the Pearls. Beat them anyway!
Older children, say the Pearls, can be beaten with rulers, paddles, belts, and tree branches. They also advocate withholding meals, putting children outside in cold weather, cold water baths, and hosing off children who have “accidents.”
An Example of Good Christian Love–PEARL Style!
Hana Williams’ parents were very devoted to the Pearls’ awesome advice. The New York Times reported in 2011 that:
[box type=”shadow”] Late one night in May this year, the adopted girl, Hana, was found face down, naked and emaciated in the backyard; her death was caused by hypothermia and malnutrition, officials determined. According to the sheriff’s report, the parents had deprived her of food for days at a time and had made her sleep in a cold barn or a closet and shower outside with a hose. And they often whipped her, leaving marks on her legs. The mother had praised the Pearls’ book and given a copy to a friend, the sheriff’s report said. Hana had been beaten the day of her death, the report said, with the 15-inch plastic tube recommended by Mr. Pearl.[/box]
Eleven year old Hana Williams, adopted by these monsters in 2008 from Ethiopia, was found naked and face-down in the mud in the back yard. She had been starved for days, and forced to sleep outside in the barn or in a closet. She showered outside with a hose. Hana was regularly beaten, including on the day of her death. Hannah, who weighed just under 80 lbs at the time of her death as a result of starvation at the hands of her “parents”, could not retain enough body heat to survive the cold.
According to Hana’s younger brother, also from Ethiopia, as the unfortunate child staggered around the backyard thrashing about desperately, the family gathered around the window and laughed at her. After Hana collapsed, Carri Williams came outside. She covered Hana with a blanket, had her teenage sons carry the girl inside, and called 911. She told the operator, “I think my daughter just killed herself…She’s really rebellious.”
The Williams were found guilty of almost all of the charges brought against them, including first degree assault of Hana’s brother and manslaughter of Hana. Carri received the additional charge of homicide by abuse. Larry Williams was sentenced to 28 years, and Carri to 37.
Neither will spend as long in prison as they deserve.