- On Friday, neighbors called CPS in Washington about Jennifer and Sarah Hart
- They said the couple’s teenage son Devonte had been begging them for food
- He asked them to leave a box out for him and his siblings and that his mothers were ‘punishing’ him by starving him
- CPS worker arrived but the two women never answered the door, neighbors say
- Instead, they packed up their car and left the home, taking the children with them
- On Monday, their bodies were found in the water after plunging over a cliff more than 500 miles away in coastal California
- The cliff edge is not on the road and they would have had to have turned off the Pacific Highway to reach it
- There were no skid or brake marks at the scene but police will not say it was a suicide mission
The lesbian mothers who died on Monday along with at least three of their six adopted children after plunging 100ft over a coastal cliff in California had been reported to Child Protective Services days earlier for allegedly starving their kids.
On Friday, neighbors of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, called CPS to report that their son Devonte had come to their home asking for food every day for a week.
They said Devonte – who made national headlines when he was pictured hugging a police officer during a 2014 protest – asked them to leave food out in a box for him and said his mothers were ‘punishing’ him by not feeding him.
In 2017, another of the children came to their home at 1.30am asking for their ‘protection’, they said.
On Friday, a CPS worker arrived at the home and knocked on the door, according to the neighbors Bruce and Dana DeKalb, but the Harts never answered.
Instead, they packed up in a hurry and fled with all six kids in their 2003 GMC Sierra truck, they said.
‘The next morning when we saw that the vehicle was gone, and then Sunday morning when it still wasn’t there, we figured something was off because they never go anywhere.
‘They go to the store and back but.. we figured that they saw the (CPS) business card and loaded up the kids as quick as they could and took off, ‘ Mr. DeKalb told KGW on Thursday.
On Monday, their bodies were found at the bottom of a cliff in Westport, California, off Highway 1 along with the bodies of three of their children, Markis, 19; Jeremiah 14; and Abigail, 14.
Hannah, 16; Devonte, 15; and Sierra, 12, have not been found.
It is not clear yet if they drove over the cliff purposefully or by accident but police said no brake marks were found at the scene.
To reach the cliff edge at the lookout, the women would have had to have driven off the Pacific Highway and traversed 75ft of rugged dirt road.
‘I can tell you it was a very confusing scene because there were no skid marks, there were no brake marks, there was no indication of why this vehicle traversed approximately over 75ft of a dirt pull out and went into the pacific ocean,’ Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said on Wednesday.