Devonte' Harts siblings drugged, mother drunk before driving off cliff

Jerrim Toms

Jerrim Toms

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.

Additionally, Carpenter said Jennifer Hart's wife, Sarah, and two of the three children found dead at the scene had a positive toxicology finding in their blood for diphenhydramine, an active ingredient in Benadryl.

A body was found last week near the crash site that officials said may be one of the three missing children, but the body has yet to be identified.

In California, a person is legally drunk if they have a BAC of.08 or higher.

The California Highway Patrol said that witnesses have told them they saw a SUV matching the description of the one owned by the Thottapilly family rolled through a highway pullout, slam into trees as it went down a 150-foot embankment and crash into the swift-moving waters of the Eel River.

Investigators have not come up with a motive but say it appears the incident was intentional, The FBI is deploying their Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist and try to understand what happened.

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Police hadn't found the bodies of Devonte Hart and his adoptive sisters, 16-year-old Hannah Hart and 12-year-old Sierra. The 15-year-old made headlines in 2014 after a photographer shot a photo of him hugging a police officer during a protest after the decision was made to not press charges against the officers who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. 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.

The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said. On Thursday, deputies said they had recovered debris and personal items along the river belonging to the family.

The New York Daily News reports that Jennifer Hart's blood alcohol content was 0.102.

"At this point, certainly, the theory is the child was from this vehicle", Allman said.

A woman's body was found by rescuers in the U.S. during the search of a missing Indian family of four who are feared drowned in a swollen river in California, officials said.

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