Woman who drove SUV off California cliff was drunk, police say

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Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a 2014 rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Investigators are now examining "red flags" in the Washington family's past in the hope of explaining why they drove off the cliff in an apparent suicide plunge. Sadly, two of the children were drugged with "a significant amount" of diphenhydramine, which is an ingredient found in Benadryl, according to the Associated Press. The legal limit in California is.08%.

Toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of 0.102, said California Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter. Toxicology results on a third child whose body was recovered from the crash area are still pending.

Captain Carpenter in an email on Friday said the authorities were still looking at the crash as "a deliberate act", adding that the presence of alcohol would be a consideration in the investigation's final findings.

The search along the Eel River is north of where another search has been going on along the Mendocino County coast for members of a family of eight whose SUV plunged off a towering ocean bluff and into the surf line below. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said. Authorities believe Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, may have been in the vehicle and were swept out to sea.

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Heaven's been at home because her mother said on March 1 she could not believe her little girl came home from daycare with three front teeth missing, a busted lip and a swollen, bloody nose. Exactly one week after the four members of the Thottapilly family went missing, searchers in rafts, kickboards and on foot were searching the Eel River for some sign of them. A body pulled out of the surf last weekend was not immediately identified. Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, and three of their adopted children, Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14, have all been reported dead.

A neighbor of the Harts in Woodland, Washington, had filed a complaint, saying the children were apparently being deprived of food as punishment.

Sarah Hart earlier had faced allegations of mistreatment in Minnesota, where she and Jennifer lived when the children were adopted about a decade ago from Texas.

And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.

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