Hart family

Devonte Hart, the 12-year-old boy who embraced a cop in a viral photo, was reported missing after a car carrying his family members plunged off a cliff in Northern California.

Devonte was photographed crying and hugging a police officer during "Black Lives Matter" protests of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014.

Investigators believe eight members of the Hart family were in an SUV that plunged off a cliff near Mendocino and landed upside down on the rocky shore below.

The California Highway Patrol recovered the bodies of two women, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, and three of their six adopted special needs children -- 19-year-old Markis Hart, 14-year-old Jeremiah Hart and 14-year-old Abigail Hart.

Rescue teams continue to search for Devonte, 15, Hannah Hart, 16, and 12-year-old Sierra Hart.

Officials say the crash site was "confusing," but they don't have evidence that the crash was an "intentional act".

“It was a very confusing scene because there were no skid marks, there were no brake marks," said Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. "There was no indication of why this vehicle traversed approximately over 75 feet of a dirt pullout and went into the Pacific Ocean.”

Allman said Jennifer Hart was behind the wheel of the SUV when it pulled into a dirt turnaround area and continued off the cliff. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The wrecked SUV was discovered on Monday around 4:30 p.m. It is unclear when the crash occurred.

According to KGW8 News, neighbors notified the Washington State Child Protective Services on Friday, March 23, about "potential victims of alleged abuse or neglect" in the Hart home in Woodland, Washington.

Neighbors said the children weren't being fed.

A neighbor told KGW8 News that Devonte had a daily habit of sneaking next door to ask for food.

Devonte told the neighbor that his mothers didn't feed him, withheld food from his siblings as punishment, and didn't allow the children to go outside.

The neighbor said Devonte begged for food, "often multiple times a day". The neighbor finally had enough and called CPS.

CPS officials visited the Hart home on Friday, March 23, but the women refused to open the door. Hours later, neighbors said the family took off in the SUV.

CPS officials attempted to visit the family again on March 26 and 27, but no one was at home.

Authorities found evidence that the family had left the home in a hurry. Animals and personal belongings were still at the home.

CPS officials in other states reported a similar history of child abuse, according to KGW8 News.

Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to charges of domestic assault in 2011, after Minnesota police said she hit one of her daughters.

A teacher called police after seeing bruises on the 6-year-old's stomach and back. The girl later told police and a social worker that her mother hit her, leaving bruises.

Sarah admitted she began "spanking" the child to control her behavior.

A detective wrote in a report that “the defendant admitted she let her anger get out of control.”

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail but she didn't serve any time if she complied with the terms of her probation, KWG8 reports.

Investigators with the California Highway Patrol have launched a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash. Investigators say they are aware of the calls to child protective services, and "they’re a long ways from coming up with a determination yet."

  • Kim’s Original Face

    CPS lord CPS...this is so sad smh. No child should ever be abused. They need a thorough investigation on this. Seems like someone was passing the buck and now these children are dead..I am praying he is found alive but this is not looking good.

  • SpiceGirl

    prayers to the family

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Definitely looks like a suicide to me. RIP to Devonte and all the victims. Sad that these children were being mistreated.

  • Tammie Reed

    So sad, may they all RIP.

  • Malcom Flex

    Miss Sandra you should have had that be one of your body lanuguage lessons, look at that boy's clinched fist!

  • Starsky Willows

    RIP Children... May they have all the comfort and love in heaven.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    A prior record of abuse and they still allowed those children to stay in that home...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. I wish it were a lot easier to take the kids away when abuse is suspected, but it looks like there are lots of ways for abusive parents to get away with it for a while before CPS catches up to them.

  • BicoastBlackGirlGeek

    Way different story here...this is why I come here. Say what you want, but auntie brings the facts! This story on the news made NO SENSE from the jump. I have an better picture now. RIP to the kids ??

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    You're right. It seems like people adopting multiple children are the ones that end up doing the most abusing of them!! I hate to see children put through things like this

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    These kids look very small for their ages. Was that a sign of malnutrition?

  • sunni_daze

    Murder Suicide. I feel bad for those babies, why adopt a child to abuse them. These is all the way heartbreaking

  • Yardgirl

    Looks like murder/suicide. R.I.P. to the innocents lost in this tragedy.

  • taurus_32

    Yes, a neighbor called CPS because one of the kids said they were not being fed

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    CPS is critically underfunded in most states and my guess is when a social worker finds parents who want to take in an entire family they just consider it less of a headache for themselves.

  • shun king

    they like that check its a scam been going on for decades

  • Soda

    These two nuts pulled a Thelma and Louise rather than facing up to allegations of abuse.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    My my heart is breaking for the children. Dang, what a way to start the day. Gotta log off now. Need time to regroup. I'll come back later. ?

  • SpillyNillie

    This was intentional. RIP to the babies...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Could be. But I'm guessing that's pobably an old picture, 3 years old or so. That one on the left definitely doesnt look 16.

  • guest

    SMDH...this is phucked up!! those crazy women killed themselves with the kids!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    THEY used that boy to push their all lives matter agenda he prolly was crying for help in that picture I always wondered why a child would be so emotional in that moment. She had that child out there holding signs saying all lives matter while they were torturing and beating those kids in private!! This is sick and sad and I always side eye when other races adopt outside of their race there were plenty of white kids that are ophens they could have helped but they chose a bunch of minority children most likely because they knew no one would pay attention to the abuse. They ran and killed those kids because they knew the truth was gone come out and they would be exposed for who they really were!! Lying scamming scandrols low down child abusers and manipulators!! The police say they confused why are they confused ? This implies they find it hard to believe two lesbian white women would KILL their minority majority of them black adoptive kids after years of abuse!! GTFOHWTBS !! I’m logging TF off now ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    THOse undercover racist crazy white women killed those black kids

  • Karen Brady

    2 White DEVILS. What the hell happened to the kids the cops haven't found yet?

  • violet_skyz

    Im trying to figure out how the cops say they don't think it was intentional. Hello!!!!! no skid marks and most importantly cps was on the @sz!

  • Karen Brady

    YES!! I thought the same thing just now.. that boy probably wanted to tell everything to that cop. Back when the photo was taken I wondered why he was so emotional! I also wondered about that hat to be honest and a bit shady I admit. Now I wonder if he was hiding lumps or something cuz he's wearing it in this family photo too. Bless his hear. This pisses me off.

  • Karen Brady

    I always side eye when other races adopt outside of their race. THIS!!

  • violet_skyz

    But how did they allow them to adopt when she was convicted of abusing her foster child a few years before she adopted. ..

  • Karen Brady

    And the cops have already pissed me off.. They've made up their damn minds. This is BS!

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  • Diva4lyfe

    @Sandrarose I really appreciate the report. This is awful as it come, I am to threw with folks you have kids out here that only want to be loved, you have parents out here who try so hard to become a parent then you give these 2 DB 6 kids who all they wanted them for was for a dern check and sat there and abused them. Now when that one was charged before for abuse they should have taken the kids then but no they don't see anything wrong, let that would have been a black woman that kid woulda been gone and she would have did her time. All I am saying is if you don't have good intentions on raising these children with love and admiration then please leave them in the system so that someone who really does want to love them as only a real mother and father can adopt them omg this is freaking ridiculous. I hope and Pray they find the other ones in good health and condition and RIH for the ones who loss their lives.

  • mona q

    This is clearly murder suicide...maybe that other parent wasn't aware of the plan but it was definitely a plan. Especially since CPS was just there...and they left in a hurry...I don't understand why it's being written up this way but I will bet you anything that if these parents were black with white children, the story would be portrayed in the media differently. SMDH AND I'm pissed off that CPS in other states reported a history of child abuse? How were they allowed to keep these kids?

  • Kemi

    Sounds like intentional deaths since the CPS was on them. And these adopted kids were probably their only source of income, and they felt the fear of losing their financial sustenance and facing criminal charges of maltreatment of those kids. So, they took the coward way out.

    My heart goes out to the innocent lives lost in this tragedy. May they RIP and no more sufferings anymore! ???

  • davine puddin

    I want to host foster children but my kitchen needs repairs bad we cant afford to get kitchen suitable yet. But that is my dream to one day to become a foster mother. I also want a car to so i can take them places. When my dream do come true the first day i get them i am going to take them to pick out nice bed sheets and night clothes and help them do a vision board. I am crying in my heart for those kids. Please do not ask me what does a kitchen have to do with it. I never had company because of how bad my kitchen is. I am sorry for venting i am just hurting for those kids right now.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    If they were using a GPS -- it's understandable that the GPS gave them the WRONG damn directions, it happens.!

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Could be a mixed up GPS direction!

  • Mrs. ??????????

    Sounds like a murder /suicide to me.

  • Pamela

    Phew!. Hug and kisses...

  • Pamela

    He hears your prayers and He will answer. Stay positive.

  • Kemi

    The SUV drove off a cliff. How does a GPS malfunction or mix up capable of doing that? Unless you left your brains and eyes at home..

  • Keisha Hannah

    Sounds fishy to me.

  • ebonics

    I swear CPS stays failing families! My cousin got her kids taken away years ago cause she was doing meth around them. My mom and I took them in and they were thriving. The system ripped them from us and sent them back to the hell hole apt she lives in. Judge said kids need to be with their mother! We havent seen them in 2 years now and its heartbreaking. CPS and the system does not care about the well being of these children out here. Its horrendous.

  • ebonics

    Right!!! ?

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  • Grandma koi

    Sounds like another case of failed CPS services. My heart aches for these poor victims.

  • ebonics

    Rest in heaven you innocent souls .. So sad. It pains me to know they lived in hell with those two heffas, not being fed. Infuriates me. Those two lesbos look very well fed, God dont like ugly.. They gonna get dealt with.

  • rayne215

    it was intentional. poor kids

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The driver drove off the roadway, went over a 75 foot stretch of dirt, and went over the cliff. That seems intentional. That's not something I'd blame on GPS.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The werent wearing seatbelts and they apparently got ejected from the vehicle. Then water probaby just carried their bodies away.

  • klwbaby

    I seriously thought about working for CPS but then I knew the first time I had to deal with an abusive parent, I would tell them to step outside and beat on me like u do your kids and see what happens when someone fights back. The whole CPS system needs to be changed and they need to hold these CPS workers responsible and given jail time if they don't take the necessary actions to protect kids.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    That's good. We need more foster parents out there who have a genuine love for children.
    Personally I'd rather just adopt outright so the kid is mine, instead of a foster-parent situation where the system might take them back and put them back with the birth parents or a foster home.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They drove over 75 feet of dirt/embankment before going over that cliff. That's not GPS's fault . That looks intentional to me.

  • Kemi

    Exactly, I don’t see how the GPS got involved in this. And evidently, there was no skid or brake marks to presume it was not intentional.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    WE gotta do something !! Understand how hard it is for BLACK ppl to adopt hell they put us through hell just to get foster kids!! At one point they wouldn’t allow a single black person to adopt and STILL don’t not at the rate they allow white ppl to do it. Heck they even can go to other countries and come back with a whole HUMAN and not be questioned! There is something wrong her! The way they profile black men as drug dealers or armed and dangerous they need to start profiling these white ppl especially the white WOMEN because they are molesting children at an alarming rate at this point I think they may have the white man beat. I have collected over 50 articles in one month about white women molesting children their own kids and ppl children’s by way of being a “teacher” they tell you pedophiles using get careers in fields that will have them around children it’s so many white women moslesting their students at an alarming rate and nothing is being done about! They also are adopting kids and torturing them I saw an article where one kept the child locked in a basement and fed him nothing but carrots until his SKIN turned orange the child said they would eat pizza and stuff like that in his face and give him a big serving of carrots she even bragged to a friend that she makes the child eat carrots because she knows he doesn’t like them! Like WTF? ? nobody is policing the white woman and that’s the MOST manipulating evil being and I’m not saying this to sound or be racist I’m looking at facts and statistics there is no other way to describe such a horrible being.

  • Karen Brady

    Oh no! This hurts me to hear. I'm sorry. I pray the kids are well and thriving.

  • Karen Brady

    If you're saying you haven't had company because you are 'ashamed' of your kitchen, do not be ashamed. What matters is how you treat guests you welcome into your home and anyone who is invited should only care about your well-being and not the state of your kitchen or anything else. Stay prayed up and positive.. He will answer you.

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  • Karen Brady

    Wow! Thanks.. I haven't seen this pic. You're right.

  • Karen Brady

    OMG to all of this! Yes we must do something but who the hell cares enough and will listen!

  • nick c

    They did do everything she was charged and convicted they can't bust in your house without a warrant. I do believe they knew the heat was coming this time, probably more secrets too.

  • nick c

    They put them in years long programs and if they pass they get they kids back. Some say it's a money racket others say it builds better families.

  • nick c

    I forgot about about all they money they get for adopted kids.

  • http://playrnb.com PL?Y R&B

    That highway don't have railing or anything. It's crazy dangerous.

  • Kemi

    Yes they’re compensated on a monthly basis. It’s a blessing when a child finds a loving and caring family that are adopting for the right reasons.

  • Bonita

    I'm considering fostering first as opposed to just outright adoption. And I'm only willing to take one child at a time. Some of these kids are so psychologically messed up that they just can't be saved. I've heard many horror stories where the foster parents did everything they could, but had to send the kids back because they were just too severely damaged. From male siblings who wouldn't stop having sex with one another to foster kids molesting the biological kids in the home. I refuse to allow a child to run me to an early grave from stress.

  • ebonics

    Im sure in some cases it builds better families but my cousin is young, crazy and dumb. She still uses drugs and treats everyone bad, not just her kids. I just pray they are ok.

  • Dee Moe

    SMH black kids murdered by a devil. SMH

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "...male siblings who wouldn't stop having sex with one another"


  • Soon2BWife

    What’s confusing about it. They driver committed suicide and murdered the rest of her family. So sad, they must have been terrified!!!!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Sure does.


    Very sad situation. Bless you for attempting to intervene and show those kids some love and normalcy.

  • Meme

    Here in lies my argument just because someone adopts a child doesn't mean they are saints or the child will have a better life every one automatically thinks a child being adopted is tremendous, not always the case....the other day there was an article about homoosesuals adopting black kids in my opinion i do not agree with this people where up in arms about me disagreeing, dont get me wrong some biological families are horrific as well but anyone considering giving a child away for adoption don't think their lives will automatically be amazing...it is not necessarily always the case

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  • J2PC

    Exactly! Far too many are adopting with some evil or ulterior motive. Many will opt to homeschool those adopted children to keep their dirt from being found out. -allowing the children abused a way to escape.

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  • J2PC

    CPS is a dysfunctional liberal system created to provide jobs. -I doubt if it will ever be revamped to correct itself.

  • TheOwley

    Sounds like murders / suicide. If we can't have them, no one else can. These two were on the run and that vehicle traveled far to go over the edge. If the brakes failed, did the steering whee fail too. RIP to the innocent children. This was a Thelma and Louie move. If there is a hell, good luck ladies.

    And why is it than when it involves the LGBT folks we turn into gumby and can't get our facts even as they are staring us in the face. The were a couple, they sounded dysfunctional and those children should not have been with them, now to deal with this terrible outcome. It could have been a straight couple. Done.

  • Google Me

    I believe that the children that haven't been found have either already been murdered, or got away somehow and the lesbian drove the rest of them off the highway to commit murder/suicide in anticipation of what they would tell authorities. This is just an incredibly awful tragedy.

  • Meme

    Yes you've said it " some evil or ulterior motive" just a couple of days ago I was reading about Jaliek Rainwalker, just went missing from his adopted family in suspicions circumstances suspicions fall heavily in his adoptive father but no arrest made... very sad

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  • Applebootay

    PREACH! I worked for an child welfare agency. The foster and potential adoptive parents were the WORST...only in it for the state benefits.

  • Durbhad CC

    I have a feeling the kids that haven’t been found were never in the car..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Those kids were swept away by the rising tide in the ocean. Rescuers will find their bodies.

  • nick c

    CPS does have a database for all founded investigations but that is only in the same state. If you decide to move to another state they can transfer the investigation but only if its still ongoing. I notice they decided to homeschool the kids after the first arrest. Ironic that a gay couple decides to act in the same manner that religious fanatics do by cutting the children off to the world and brainwashing them. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • dontgetblocked

    Sweet Jesus! Why didn't I see this report anywhere else. Those heifers killed those babies.

  • bella28498 .

    White ppl take pride in their white ghey women so it’s nobway they would think this was intentional... they were white women and ghey so they are considered angels

  • Malcom Flex

    Where's all the KOONS who think WW just lub them some black males?!!

  • hottlanta

    Yet the LBGTQABC community is silent on this crime. All I hear is crickets.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They don't want you to know that lesbians have the highest rates of mental illness, depression and violence. Kudos to Texas and Georgia for banning gay adoptions. Those children already have serious problems.

  • ebonics

    Thank you, I pray and hope they are ok and being treated well.

  • Omandesert

    These sick ass Jim jones type mo-fo’s. So sad.

  • Omandesert

    These sick ass Jim jones type mo-fo’s. So sad.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Omg this is so dang sad....failed in soooooo many ways.

  • the guest

    I think they drove the SUV over the cliff intentionally. If they are not able to find the bodies of the other three kids, I hope it's possible they jumped from the vehicle and survived.

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  • suganspice68

    IMO those women committed murder-suicide,smh.

  • suganspice68

    I hope so

  • Malai

    I think the three oldest were killed prior to this incident.. the neighbor said she saw the family hurrying out of the house.. I think they might’ve killed the three oldest because they could talk or call for help then went and drove off the cliff with the other siblings... there weren’t any brake marks yet the media is trying to say this wasn’t intentional.

  • the guest

    Not just angels.

    They will make these two white women out to be martyrs for taking care of black kids and for "being so stressed out buy the saintly burden" that took all their lives. It's so twisted and racist how white privilege is conveniently extended to so called oppressed white people.

    But the black mothers who never ever raises a hand or voice to their children are judged by society for not fitting the white image of motherhood.

  • the guest

    Simple as that. Exactly.

  • the guest

    Those women should have just killed themselves and left the kids with a neighbor or at home alone to be rescued.

  • the guest

    And they were probably telling the kids they were lucky to be adopted and abused. I don't understand if the boy was begging for food from neighbors, why no one at least tried to take the kids in temporarily.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    THAT was the first thing I saw! That little boy was abused all his life.

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    it's not in doubt this good movie