Jury finds family of 8 died by murder-suicide in cliff crash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A special coroner's jury in California ruled the deaths of two women and their six adopted children was a murder-suicide after hearing testimony that one of the women had...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a coroner's inquest into the deaths of a family whose SUV went off a Northern California cliff (all times local):
Details emerge on family whose SUV plunged off Calif. cliff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jen and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children died of broken necks after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, a forensic pathologist testified during a...
Years of abuse allegations gathered on Oregon parents who drove over ocean cliff with kids
Newly released state documents from Minnesota and Oregon reveal years of food deprivation and other allegations of troubling punishment by the parents of six children in the family that plummeted down a northern California cliff in the SUV into the ocean.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon child welfare officials knew the family in an SUV that plunged off a California cliff had faced a child abuse investigation in another state when it looked into allegations in 2013, according to documents released Monday.
The troubling past of a family whose car plunged off a cliff
We may never know why Jennifer and Sarah Hart's SUV plummeted 100 feet over a cliff, killing the couple and three teens. Or whether their three other children are dead or alive.
But new details about the mysterious family reveal a troubled history. Here's what we know about the couple and their six children:
Police: Woman who drove SUV with family off cliff was drunk
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman was drunk when she drove her large family off a Northern California cliff last month and her wife and several children had large amounts of a drug in their systems that can cause drowsiness, authorities said Friday.
Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected.
Friend: Mom sent 3 a.m. text days before SUV cliff crash
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the mothers who died when an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff sent a text two days before the wreckage was discovered, saying she was so sick she might have to go to a hospital, according to 911 call records from Washington state.
Hart family crash: Autopsy set for body found in ocean, but ID could take weeks
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday for a body found near the Northern California site where an SUV plunged off a cliff last month, killing at least five members of a family in what investigators suspect may have been an intentional crash.
But it could take several weeks to determine whether it's the body of one of three children still missing after the crash because lengthy DNA analysis may be needed for identification, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says.
APNewsBreak: Woman says she reported abuse in 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — A woman said Tuesday that she told Oregon child welfare officials in 2013 that Jennifer and Sarah Hart — who plunged off a California cliff with their children last month in an SUV — had been depriving the kids of food as punishment.
In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Alexandra Argyropoulos, a former friend of the Harts, said she "witnessed what I felt to be controlling emotional abuse and cruel punishment" toward the six children.
MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a family killed when their SUV plummeted off a California highway (all times local):
A woman says she alerted Oregon welfare officials about the parents of six adopted children believed killed last week when the family SUV plummeted from a California highway because she felt the parents were being cruel and withholding meals.