Many were shocked to learn of the death of Hana Williams, a 13 year-old girl adopted by Larry and Carri Williams. According to Go Skagit, the Williams' were arrested in late September and charged with homicide for allegedly abusing Hana to death. KVAL states that according to court reports, Hana had been systematically beaten and starved by her adoptive parents, who left her naked outside in the cold before her death. The Williams' reportedly took "Biblical" disciplining pointers from the book To Train Up a Child by Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries. To Train Up a Child has generated controversy because it encourages parents to use corporal punishment on their children from a young age.
Anderson Cooper 360 interviewed the Pearls and explores what role To Train Up a Child may have played in other high-profile child abuse deaths. (Click here and here if you're having trouble viewing the videos.)
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