In Washington state a Christian homeschooling couple received maximum prison sentences allowable under the law after being found guilty of beating and starving their adopted daughter to death in accord with Biblical based parenting techniques.
Superior Court Judge Susan Cook showed no mercy to Larry and Carri Williams, found guilty of causing the tragic death of their adopted daughter, Hana, by using Biblical based parenting techniques found in the controversial child-rearing book, To Train up a Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl.
Cook sentenced Carri Williams to 37 years in prison. Her husband Larry, convicted of lesser charges, was sentenced to just under 28 years. Both terms are well above the standard sentencing range.
Cook said, “I feel the punishment should match the outrage felt by this community. I am at a complete loss. I think at some point in this trial each and every one of us sat stunned and speechless without the slightest hope of making any sense of this whatsoever.”
Last September a jury found Larry Williams guilty of first-degree manslaughter, and his wife, Carri Williams, guilty of homicide by abuse as well as manslaughter. The couple adopted Hana, 13, from Ethiopia in 2008.
Hana’s death was consistent with a corporal punishment style advocated by many Christian extremists, and memorialized in the controversial book, To Train Up A Child. According to reports, Hana was beaten and starved as part of a regimen of corporal punishment subscribed to by many Christian homeschoolers and other Christian fundamentalists.
The New York Times reports that the couple's abusive parenting tactics mimicked instructions from the Christian parenting book. Evidence presented at trial indicated Carri Williams had repeatedly beaten Hana with a plastic tube - a device recommended in the book.
To Train Up A Child advocates using a plumbing tool to beat children with starting at age one. The book also advocates giving children cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather, and forcing them to miss meals, as well as beating them; all of which exemplifies the abuse investigators said Hana endured.
The book is also linked to the deaths of at least two other children, four-year-old Sean Paddock of North Carolina and seven year-old Lydia Schatz of California. In each case, punishment techniques advocated by the controversial Christian parenting manual were used.
This drivel contains instructions on how to 'break' a child by beating them until they no longer resist your blows. This filthy rag is an instruction manual on child abuse in the name of a made up religion. Amazon, you should be ashamed of yourself selling this junk. As for the authors, why aren't these people being charged and imprisoned? If you buy this book you are supporting the abuse of children, if you carry out any of the cruel tortures within in, you are a child abuser.
Amazon, seriously why are you advocating child abuse and torture? Why do you insist on perpetuating it via distribution of this horrific torture guide? These people should be jailed for writing this, and admitting the abuse of their own child
Having this morning read a newspaper article stating that two children adopted from Africa were mistreated (one murdered) and this book was used by the parents as an excuse for their crime, I felt I ought to read some of its content. It was no surprise to find that this book has its origins in the primitive religious beliefs that persist despite centuries of possible human progress. I find it distressing that any semi rational human could find this book in any way helpful or able to give insight into human child behaviour.
First off, smacking or harming a child in anyway is illegal in the UK so I am absolutely disgusted to think that this book is allowed to be on sale.
Second this book basically condones beating your child, or using painful force to make your child obedient.
You do not decide to have children to make them become obdience slaves, making them seem happy but scared to show anything else just incase they would get smacked with a tree stump or thumped on the hand to hurt them.
I have a daughter myself and have never once had to smack or hurt her to make her behave, there are other ways of showing your children the correct way to behave-and although my daughter has her moments (as we all do including adults) on the whole she behaves like a total princess-and lets face it nobody is perfect.
I find it absolutely appauling that the people who have wrote this book feel it ok to justify this kind of behaviour towards their children and even more at the people who have actually published it. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Needless to say I am making a formal complaint to Amazon and any other uk store selling this book once I have written this review.
I put five stars because I need you to read this review. People need to know how damaging this cult is. Twelve tribes - definitely not what God wants for His children. Well the title says it all really. How much damage is being done to these poor kids and the families they are in. You can not treat a child like an animal. These kids are traumatised by this treatment. Read this book for an explanation why: The boy who was raised as a dog. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz Basic books 2006.
Currently there are several books available to buy on Amazon that advocate, endorse and advise on parenting methods that involve the physical abuse of children. Examples of titles include To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl; Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp; and Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman. Such books, and other like them, promote behaviour which is abusive of children. All of the above books advocate the use of a rod and other implements on children under one. Such behaviour is abusive to children, and it is also 'offensive', which is contrary to your Content Guidelines. It may well also be illegal, as it seems to go far beyond the 'reasonable chastisement' currently sanctioned by law in the UK. Not only is beating on a regular basis with a rod likely to leave a mark, which is illegal, it is also likely to amount to inhuman or degrading treatment, which is a breach of human rights. We wish Amazon to urgently review their decision to stock any book or other product which advises the physical abuse of children.
A controversial parenting book that advocates beating children as young as four months old must be banned from sale by Amazon, Tory MP Nadine Dorries has said.
The book in question, which the MP raised in Business Questions in the House of Commons on Thursday, isTo Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children by Michael and Debi Pearl.
It includes instructions like: "If you have to sit on him to spank him then do not hesitate. And hold him there until he is surrendered. Prove that you are bigger, tougher, more patiently enduring and are unmoved by his wailing. Defeat him totally. Accept no conditions for surrender. No compromise. You are to rule over him as a benevolent sovereign. Your word is final."
Nadine Dorries, speaking in the House of Commons
The book, written by the Christian evangelist couple, has more than 80 negative reviews on Amazon, with just five positive.
Dorries asked Leader of the House Andrew Lansley if he would "use his good office to apply pressure on an issue that has come to my attention in the last 24 hours.
"It is regarding a book which is for sale on Amazon called how to train up your child by Michael and Debi Pearl. It actually advocates the beating of children, under the age of 12 months, using a switch.
"And the book recommends that a switch be cut from a willow tree and be no longer than 12cm in length and 8cm in diameter. The book advocates the use of paddles, rulers and other means to beat children from four months onwards."
Dorries said she had written to express her horror about the book's sale to the Departments for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education, and the Prime Minister.