Maureen remembers Hana Alemu “Williams” and gives us a small update in Remembering Hana: May 12, 2011.
Maureen shares an update of the Barbour case, in which Kristen Barbour was sentenced to 6-12 months for pleading no contest to the felony charge of endangering her 2 adopted Ethiopian children. What I find most surprising is that she will be allowed to go home and take care of her children for 40 hours per week. This is all explained in this article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Update: More about the Barbour case in this article: Franklin Park child abuse case draws protest, counter-protest.
She then goes on to tell us about Carri Williams and the 59 page appeal brief she has filed, which she has on her site for us to read. This is a lot to read, but I’ll try to summarize what I can understand. They argue that it was not proven that Hana was under 16 nor that Immanuel’s scars were caused by Carri, that the terms “torture” and “extreme indifference to human life” were unconstitutionally vague and that she was deprived of a necessary witness. They bring up the witness who claimed to be Hana’s uncle and testified to her age being 13 and then fled instead of returning to Ethiopia. It later came out that the State had paid him for his testimony. His testimony was stricken from the case, but the jury had heard it. They also show where the prosecuting atty gave opinions and was instructed by the judge to stop more than once. For these reasons, they believe that it should have been ruled a mistrial.
For more on the Williams case, please see my Hana Alemu “Williams” tag.
Maureen, at Light Of Day Stories, remembers the verdict one year ago today.
There are so many tragic cases of abuse, I don’t usually mention them unless the abuse was clearly tied to Christian teachings. In the case of the Barbours the ties are not indisputable, but there are some pretty good hints. Thankfully, this case did not end in death.
Maureen compares the Barbours with the Williams and finds quite a few eerie similarities.
There is a lot of information the 2 articles she links to from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
This story from Oct 2012 tells about how the adoption ended in tragedy.
This story from June 2014 is the follow up and tells us that the couple pleaded No Contest.
Maureen has a follow up to the Hana Story which I found interesting.
Monday, August 19, 2013, was the last day of Immanuel William’s testimony. He did such a great job in a very difficult situation and those of us watching are very proud of him. The defense attorneys clarified with him that he sometimes had warm showers inside and did not take ALL his meals outside. Wow, as if that really mitigated their treatment of him. You can read the disturbing story in the Skagit Valley Herald. After Immanuel left the stand, the 16 year old biological son returned. There are some issues with his testimony being inconsistent with his statement given right after Hana’s death. He said that he did not want to talk to the social workers nor did he want to testify but that he told the truth both times. Next on the stand were a few minor witnesses as well as some CPS investigators and the sheriff’s deputy who had been at the home the night Hana died. One shocking revelation is that the 16 year old told the sheriff’s deputy that Hana was possessed by a demon. One has to wonder where he could possibly have gotten such an idea.
The Seattle Times has an article about the trial. This article discusses the case as well as giving more information about adoptions in general and Ethiopian adoptions specifically. In this article I found out that the defense says that Larry and Carri “regret certain parenting decisions.” I had not heard that. I wonder exactly which ones they regret since they still consider themselves not guilty. As this article outlines the entire case and trial so far, it is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Here is a brief story about Monday’s testimony from KiroTV. It focuses on how both Immanuel and the 16 year old biological son were asked if they had been telling the truth.
Chandra, who was at the courthouse last week, has posted Sorrow, Tears & Questions: The trial of Hana Williams’ adoptive parents.
The Williams Court Case is in the news again. This story in The Komo News reviews what happened to Hana Alemu “Williams” and how charges came to be filed over a year ago and brings us up to date with where the case stands now. For more info about this case, please see my Hana Amelu “Williams tag.
According to this news story:
Hana’s death also plays a prominent role in a new report ordered by the governor’s office on the severe abuse of adopted children. The state doesn’t do any background checks or home checks on international or private adoptions, and is looking into standardizing those procedures.
The report referenced can be found here, but remember that as it discusses this case and other severe abuse cases, it is probably not for the faint of heart.
I do not have the recently released DSHS report, but I do have the very disturbing sheriff’s report which was released last year.
Habtamu Bekele posts on the Remembrance of Hanna Williams Facebook page:
Carrie and Larry Williams (Hana’s acused murderers) will appear in Mt Vernon Courthouse this coming Friday July 27th. The Greater Seattle Area Ethiopian community will be there as Hana’s advocate and family. We would like to show the court as well as Carrie and Larry that we want justice for Hana. If you want to go please come to The Ethiopian community center at 8323 Rainier Ave South at 7AM in the morning on July 27th. We will take the community van and if we need more transportation we will add cars. If you want to go please call Mulu @ 206-427-3831 to confirm.
In case anyone is wondering, this court date is for, “Order To Continue Omnibus Hrg.” The trial is still scheduled for October 1st of this year. If anyone with legal experience cares to translate the info I just gave you, please leave it in a comment and I will edit this post.
Update: This hearing was continued to 08-17-2012. Note that continuances are totally normal in every kind of trail and to be expected in a serious case such as this one.
Here is an article from ZenaEthiopia about Hana and the fund which has been started to help make sure that nothing like this ever happens again: Ethiopian Community Mutual Association of Seattle Announces Hana Fund.