California woman who drove family off cliff was drunk: sheriff

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Jennifer Hart was drunk when she drove the SUV carrying her wife, Sarah Hart, and their children off a cliff near Westport, according to officials from the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The newspaper published graphic reports of the alleged abuse in two separate stories.

Siblings Markis, Abigail, and Hannah Hart were adopted by Jennifer and Sarah Hart in Colorado County in 2006, a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson confirmed Wednesday morning.

The juvenile has not yet been identified but authorities believe the child had been in the SUV. "I never received a phone call from anyone at the day care, and you would think when something like this happens, that they have certain procedures to follow".

A Kansas mother is upset after her 4-year-old child came home from daycare with several missing teeth.

"I noticed that she ran [her] family like a regimented boot camp, where true kindness, love, and respect for the children was largely absent", Argyropoulos said.

Franklin said there are pictures of her daughter's injuries. The caller was a father of a woman who lived next door to the Harts.

"I was disturbed to see her eat larger meals in front of the children when I knew that food was being withheld from them", Argyropoulos said.

The Harts moved last spring to Woodland, Washington, telling their real-estate broker "they needed a fresh start" after experiencing prejudice in Minnesota and too much media attention in OR after one child was pictured in a viral photo taken at a 2014 police-brutality protest.

West Linn police records show DHS had been alerted to potential abuse or neglect at the family's home. The friend was unable to reach her after that.

"There are more reasons to believe that this was intentional than there are to believe that this was an accident", Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told TIME last week.

One of the two still missing was 15-year-old Devonte Hart, an African-American youth who gained attention in 2014 after being photographed embracing a white police officer during a protest following the fatal police shooting of a young black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. It was the first time the neighbors had seen anyone in the family, which had moved next door four months before. There, the couple's neighbors recalled unusual encounters with the Hart children.

Argyropoulos created her petition on the popular "We The People" website, which the federal government oversees.

"She said one of the students from her class pushed her down and knocked her teeth out", Franklin said.

Later, Mendocino County Sheriff declared them as missing persons.



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