SHE TOOK NEARLY HER ENTIRE FACEBOOK CONTENT OFFLINE BEFORE LEAVING FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY?
April 2011: Sarah Hart is sentenced to a year of probation in Douglas County, Minnesota, for misdemeanor domestic assault, Minnesota court records show. One of her daughters, 6 at the time, arrived at school with bruises on her stomach and back and told a teacher, "Mom hit me," records show.
"I feel like there was nobody in their court. I feel that if there were people that knew these people, how could you miss that?" Dana said. "I gleaned that quickly without hardly any interface."
Bruce said his wife has "been crying all morning about it because it's, you know, we kind of started some of this."
...The family had a recent visit from state child protective services, Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Brent Waddell told AP.
The Hart Tribe, as they were known, also took spontaneous road trips to hike or camp,
and friends believe they may have been on one of those adventures when their SUV plunged off a scenic California highway....
They shattered a lot of norms and they did not shy away from controversy or adversity."
...they were concerned about Devonte Hart, who they said had been coming over to their house in the past week asking for food...
...The DeKalbs also recounted that three months after the family moved into the home on 2 acres with a fenced pasture in May 2017, one of the girls rang their doorbell at 1:30 a.m.
She "was at our door in a blanket saying we needed to protect her," Bruce DeKalb said. "She said that they were abusing her."...
Bill Groener, 67, was a next-door neighbor of the Harts when they lived in West Linn, Oregon, and said the kids stayed indoors most of the time. He said the family didn't eat sugar, raised their own vegetables, had animals and went on camping trips.
"There was enough positive there to kind of counteract the feeling that something maybe wasn't quite right," Groener said....