Category: No Greater Joy Ministries

Hana Williams: Homicide by Abuse Trial Underway

The trial of a Washington state couple accused of starving their adopted Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure is underway.

Prosecutors say the couple tortured Hana Williams and her brother Emanuel under the guise of discipline.

Video: Punishing kids in the name of religion

On Anderson Cooper (CNN) tonight Gary Tuchman investigates adults who say they’re following the word of God when beating children, sometimes to death.

Larry and Hana Williams Carri Williams, the couple refered to in this report, are accused of starving their adopted 13-year-old Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure.

Controversial book part of adopted girl’s murder investigation

Hana Williams Once again the book “To Train Up A Child,” by Michael and Debi Pearl of ‘No Greater Joy Ministries’ features in a murder investigation.

The parents of a 13-year-old girl adopted from Ethiopia have been accused of starving and locking the girl outside — resulting in hypothermia that killed her.

Trial delayed in alleged torture death of daughter

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A judge Thursday continued a trial against a Paradise couple for the alleged murder and torture of their adopted child, so attorneys can read the more than 6,000 pages of evidence, with more coming.

The pair allegedly caused the death of their 7-year-old adopted daughter and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate “biblical chastisements” with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.

Trial date set in “Biblical chastisement” death of girl

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A Paradise couple are scheduled to stand trial in November on murder and torture charges involving two adopted children.

They are accused of causing the death of a 7-year-old adopted girl and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate “biblical chastisements” with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.

In court: couple accused in ‘biblical chastisement’ beating death of 7-year-old

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz According to authorities, she was beaten for several hours with a quarter-inch plumbing supply line as her parents took turns holding her down and using the instrument. The blows reportedly cause Rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissue which fatally damaged her vital organs.

According to local authorities, Lydia’s “biblical chastisement” leading to her death may have been for mispronouncing a word during a home-school reading lesson.

Plea entry delayed in fatal beating of Paradise girl

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Because the wife has retained new counsel, a Paradise couple charged with the murder of one adopted daughter and torture of her sister, did not enter pleas to the charges in court Thursday.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have disclosed that a book by a Tennessee-based fundamentalist Christian ministry, espousing “biblical chastisement” with the same quarter-inch plumber’s supply line alleged to have been used in the ridge beatings, was found in the Paradise home of Kevin Schatz, 46, and Elizabeth Schatz, 42.

Beating death of Lydia Schatz draws national attention

Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are expected to enter a plea today. They are accused of killing Lydia Schatz and severely beating their 11-year-old adopted daughter, Zariah Schatz.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he has a direct connection between the Schatz case and No Greater Joy Ministry, a fundamentalist religious organization founded by Michael and Debi Pearl.