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Hana’s story An adoptee’s tragic fate, and how it could happen again By Kathryn Joyce Source: Slate On the night ocf May 11, 2011, sometime around midnight, 13-yearold Hana Williams fell face-forward in her parents’ backyard. Adopted from Ethiopia three years before, Hana was naked and severely underweight. Her head had recently been shaved, and her body bore the scars of repeated beatings with a plastic plumbing hose. Inside the house, her adoptive mother, 42-year-old Carri Williams, and a number of Hana’s eight siblings had been peering out the window for the past few hours, watching as Hana staggered and thrashed around, removed her clothing in what is known as hypothermic paradoxical undressing and fell repeatedly, hitting her head. According to Hana’s brother Immanuel, a deaf 10-year-old also adopted from Ethiopia, the family appeared to be 8

laughing at her. When one of Carri’s biological daughters reported that Hana was lying facedown, Carri came outside. Upset by Hana’s immodest nakedness, Carri fetched a bedsheet and covered her before asking two teenage sons to carry her in. She called her husband, Larry, who was on his way home from a late shift at Boeing, then finally dialed 911, telling the operator, “I think my daughter just killed herself. … She’s really rebellious.” From court testimony, pretrial motions, and a detective’s affidavit,

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InfoHub Newsletter Issue N.33 | Intercountry Adoption  

Transitioning from Intercountry Adoption

InfoHub Newsletter Issue N.33 | Intercountry Adoption  

Transitioning from Intercountry Adoption

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