When 13-year-old Hana Grace Rose Williams died, she was found naked, face down in the mud in the backyard, in 42 degree weather.Reactions?
Charging documents in the murder case against her adoptive parents show Hana was the victim of ongoing abuse and neglect, a corporal punishment style of parenting straight out of a book sold on Amazon.com. The book is titled "To Train Up A Child."
A family friend told detectives that Hana's mother, Carri Williams, gave her the book during a visit to the family's home. Written by Michael Pearl, an Amish fundamentalist preacher in Tennessee, Pearl encourages parents to go to extreme measures to discipline their children.
In the book, Pearl explains how to use a plumbing tool to switch children starting at age one. He advocates giving cold water baths when potty training, putting children outside in cold weather and having them miss meals, all examples of abuse investigators said Hana endured.
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"To Train Up a Child" is linked to the deaths of at least two other adoptive children, four-year-old Sean Paddock of North Carolina and seven year-old Lydia Schatz of California. In each case, police said these punishment techniques were used.
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