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Woman accused in adopted daughter’s death takes stand

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Woman accused in adopted daughter’s death takes stand

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A Sedro-Woolley woman who’s accused in the death of her adopted Ethiopian daughter says the punishments she imposed on the girl were wrong.

Carri Williams and her husband Larry are charged with manslaughter in the death of 13-year-old Hana Williams, who medical examiners say was a victim of hypothermia and malnourishment.

Carri Williams took the stand in her own defense yesterday, saying she believed Hana was “acting out” when she “began throwing herself down” in the family’s back yard on the night of her death in May 2011.

Carri Williams says she didn’t realize until later the teen had suffered from hypothermia and starvation.

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