When Hana Williams was adopted from Ethiopia a few years ago, she may have thought her salvation was at hand. Unfortunately, she faced conditions as bad or wrose as any African refugee struggling to survive, thanks to her fundie nutcase parents:
Guardian UK — Investigators said Hana had endured beatings, starvation, being forced to sleep outside and use an outdoor toilet and that she had lost a significant amount of weight since her adoption in 2008. Prosecutors said her 10-year-old brother, who also was adopted from Ethiopia, was similarly mistreated.
The parents kept the family isolated from non-relatives, home-schooled them and followed a harsh child-rearing regimen described in the Christian parenting book To Train Up a Child, investigators said, while adding that religion had been deemed not relevant to the criminal case.
No of course not, not relevant at all .. The book was written by a fundamentalist grifter named Michael Pearl and “advises parents to use objects like a quarter-inch plumbing tube to spank children and “break their will.” It also mentions withholding food and putting children under a cold garden hose.” Pearl has been quoting as laughing at the idea his methods can cause any harm — In 2010 seven year-old Lydia Schatz was beaten to death using the recommended quarter inch tubing after her parents read the same book.