Devonte Hart's Adopted Mother Was Drunk When She Drove SUV Off Cliff

  • Devonte Hart's Adopted Mother Was Drunk When She Drove SUV Off Cliff

Devonte Hart's Adopted Mother Was Drunk When She Drove SUV Off Cliff

- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says the body of a woman was found in Northern California river that a family's SUV plunged into last week.

The Sheriff added that searchers were continuing to search for the missing family members and their vehicle which is believed to still be submerged somewhere in the Eel River.

Parts of a vehicle consistent with a Honda were found, as well as "various personal items that were consistent with a family traveling on vacation", according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.

The five bodies were recovered days after authorities in Washington State began investigating the couple for possible child neglect. The discovery comes after investigators found personal items belonging to the Thottapilly family in the Eel River. He begged them not to tell his moms, the report says.

"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 parents appear to have been aided by limited communication between state agencies and the absence of a central nationwide registry for child abuse or child welfare reports.

The woman who reported the information said Devonte told her not to call authorities because the six children would be split up.

Patricia claims that she was evicted from her social housing in Cheltenham, after she had her youngest child, one-year-old Kenny, when her benefits were reassessed.

Records and interviews with friends and neighbors show Jennifer and Sarah Hart were repeatedly accused of depriving their children meals as punishment over the years.

The girl, who was 6 at the time, was also found with large bruises on her back and stomach, and said her mother struck her with a closed fist.

The county coroner is working on recovering the body, which Van Patten believed at 1:10 p.m. was still in the water.

Though the mysterious seaside auto crash, involving 15-year-old Devonte Hart, his five siblings and his adoptive parents remains under investigation, more details are emerging of the family's troubled history.

Downs, who lived in an alley off Handyside Street, behind Fenders Bar in Belize City, had just come down from her house.

The 100-foot drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.

Sheriff Tom Allman has described the crash as "a crime".

The California Highway Patrol has also said the crash is thought to have been intentional. Officials found no skid marks to indicate sudden acceleration or braking, according to a search-warrant affidavit.

Lab results on the driver's body found she had a blood-alcohol concentration above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, Sgt Powers said.