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September 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Parents convicted in death of adopted daughter in Skagit County

Carri Williams reacts after the verdict came in Skagit County Superior Court Monday finding her guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her adopted daughter, Hana. [Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald]

Carri Williams reacts after the verdict came in Skagit County Superior Court Monday finding her guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her adopted daughter, Hana. [Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald]

Unthinkable tragedy

The despicable crimes that Carri and Larry Williams committed against their adopted children are very difficult to comprehend. [“Parents convicted in adopted girl’s death,” page one, Sept. 10.]

It is unthinkable that any member of a civilized society would commit such heinous, inhumane acts against a child. What the Williams couple did to the little Ethiopian girl, Hana, will remain a tragic reminder of the horrors that many young adopted children face.

Hana’s young life ended in the cruelest and most undignified manner; dogs and cats receive a far superior treatment in America than what little Hana got from her adoptive parents.

Ethiopians around the world, like myself, are mourning the terrible loss of a promising life. The guilty verdict may not serve as a consolation for any of us, particularly to Hana’s family in Ethiopia.

I hope the case will present a compelling reason for a thorough review of the adoption process. The lives and well-being of thousands of defenseless children are at stake.

As I was reading your article, I noticed that Hana’s brief life on this Earth ended in a double-edged tragedy. As her adopted last name indicates, Carri and Larry Williams managed to kill Hana’s identity first, before they murdered her. I hope her original name was restored at her final rest.

Tewodros Abebe, Accokeek, Maryland

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