You may have seen something in the news about a car crash in California that killed a whole family.
Looks like maybe a bizarre murder/suicide. Fwiw, the family had two moms and the kids were all adopted I think. California crash that killed Hart family may have been intentional, authorities say
Almost one week after an SUV carrying Devonte Hart's family plunged off a cliff in California's Mendocino County, authorities said Sunday night that the vehicle came to a full stop before accelerating off the cliff.
The California Highway Patrol, or CHP, and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the crash, which killed Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and their children Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14.
Authorities said that while no suicide note had been found, they believed for now that the crash may have been intentional, based on the absence of skid marks, data from air bag controllers and other information.
A CHP spokesman said during a conference call with reporters that the SUV's on-board computer indicated that the vehicle stopped and then accelerated over the cliff, a distance of about 70 feet.
"Pure acceleration all the way," he said.
Devonte, 15, and his sisters Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, who are also believed to have been in the car, remain missing. Acting Assistant CHP Chief Greg Baarts said investigators couldn't determine which woman was driving.
Devonte, a young black boy, was photographed in 2014 crying in the arms of a white police officer during a protest in Oregon over police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri.
Apparently they took their kids to protests and Bernie Sanders rallies
I some how missed the viral pic of the black boy, Devonte Hart, crying and clinging to the white Portland cop. I only learned about it the moment I learned that he might be dead. He was adopted in 2007 by two white women, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, who were married and big supporters of Bernie Sanders. The couple adopted a total of six children of color, and were determined to live in the America that Trump's supporters want to eliminate. A lesbian couple, multiracial children, and anti-corporate lifestyles.
But now there's speculation that things were not so harmonious, not so positive in the Hart tribe. There are reports of child abuse.
Why adopt so many "children of color"? Some kind of white guilt or white savior complex? Did they bite off more than they could chew? Was raising a family of six children of different races harder than they thought it would be?Family of 8 that’s feared dead after SUV plunged off cliff had troubled home life, neighbors say
The family, who most recently lived in Woodland, Wash., captured the world’s attention long before their SUV went off the cliff. Devonte became famous in 2014 when he was photographed sobbing in the arms of a white police officer in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered to support the protests over police actions in Ferguson, Mo.
The deaths have brought renewed attention to the family of eight, including allegations of a troubled home life. The family’s neighbors say Devonte repeatedly knocked on their door, asking for food. The neighbors called Child Protective Services to report the Harts on Friday, shortly before the couple packed their children into the SUV and drove south to California.
Jennifer Hart was behind the wheel of the SUV when it plunged off the cliff, California Highway Patrol spokesman Olegario Marin said Friday.
The Harts’ friends have defended the family. Samantha Sinclair, a Portland trauma nurse who has known the family since 2014, described their home as one of joy, filled with books, music and healthful food.
“Their story is not about abuse,” she said. “It is a story of triumph and love.”
The Harts’ home in Woodland, a town of 6,000 that acts as a gateway to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, is tucked away in the woods, hidden from busy Interstate 5 just a few miles away. A long gravel driveway leads to the gray, two-story home the Harts bought last May.
Sgt. Brent Waddell told the Associated Press that the family had likely planned a short trip, since they left behind a pet, chickens and most of their belongings. He also said that the family had recently been visited by Child Protective Services, although sheriffs’ officials found no signs of trouble or violence during their visit.
The visit is part of a troubling narrative about what went on inside the Harts’ home. Court documents show that in 2011, when Sarah Hart lived in Minnesota, she was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault. In Woodland, some of the Harts’ neighbors were concerned about the children’s well-being.
Bruce DeKalb recalled how one night, about three or four months after the Harts moved into the house next door last year, Hannah Hart pounded on his door. She was “covered in weeds” after jumping out of the family’s second-story window and running through the woods to reach DeKalb’s house, he said. She ran up DeKalb’s stairs, found the bedroom and woke up DeKalb’s wife, Dana.
“That kid was totally losing her mind, just rattled to the bone,” Bruce DeKalb told The Washington Post. “You can’t fake that.”
Sarah and Jennifer Hart and the rest of their children then rushed into DeKalb’s house, looking for Hannah. They found her upstairs, crouched between the bed and the dresser. After Jennifer Hart spoke with Hannah, she came down and apologized to the DeKalbs.
The family came back the next day with an apology letter, and the parents introduced each of the children to their neighbors. DeKalb said he learned Hannah, who he thought was around 7 years old, was a teenager. She was missing her front teeth.
“They had some story about her getting them knocked out and said she didn’t want them fixed,” DeKalb said.
Sarah and Jennifer Hart told the couple that their children were not being abused, and said that Hannah was having a rough week because her cat had just died.
The DeKalbs said they tried to overlook the incident, although they considered calling Child Protective Services.
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