California woman who drove family off cliff was drunk: sheriff

Posted April 15, 2018

Her wife, Sarah Hart, had a significant amount of the ingredient in Benadryl in her system, as did two of the children, CHP said. It has not been determined in the third child. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect.

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. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman on Friday said toxicology results showed Hart's blood alcohol content was 0.102, above the legal driving limit of 0.08.

The 31-metre drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14. In response to an appeal by him, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she is in constant touch with the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and they are coordinating with the police. Officials found no skid marks to indicate sudden acceleration or braking, according to a search-warrant affidavit.

The family members were identified as Sandeep Thottapilly, 41; Soumya Thottapilly, 38; Siddhant Thottapilly, 12; and Saachi Thottapilly, 9.

Police have said a search of the family's home in Woodland, Washington, turned up no suicide note. Were the children purposely drugged and did the parents know they were on suicide mission when they headed out for the "road trip". He doesn't understand why the children weren't spared in the crash, left somewhere someone could find them and keep them safe, he said.

Stephen, a retired Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker, said additional testing needs to be done on the house to determine how much hazardous material such as asbestos and lead paint were present in the structure before making a final determination on whether the home can be salvaged.

In 2010, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault involving one of the children, according to Douglas County, Minnesota, court records.

Farther south along the Mendocino County coast, authorities continue to look for members of the Hart family, missing since an SUV made a deadly and possibly intentional plunge off a towering ocean bluff along the Pacific Coast Highway last month.

News reports had previously indicated that there had been incidents of reported child abuse and that Child Protective Services had attempted to visit the Hart family a few days before they left their home in Washington. They later left the state and never registered in local school districts in OR and Washington OR notified authorities they planned to home-school the children.