MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A doctor who performed an autopsy on a Sedro-Woolley girl says she had bruises, scrapes and marks where she could have been struck with a switch like the one her parents used to discipline their children.
Dr. Daniel Selove of Everett determined the cause of death for Hana Williams was hypothermia with malnutrition and a stomach condition as contributing factors.
Selove testified Tuesday in Mount Vernon in the homicide by abuse trial of Larry and Carri Williams.
Their adopted daughter was found dead in the back yard of their home on a rainy night in May 2011.
Prosecutors said the Hana was starved, beaten and forced outside as punishment.
Defense lawyers told jurors that questionable parenting practices don’t necessarily amount to a crime.