Still struggling to piece together the Hart case

I am really having a hard time coming up with a decent summary of the Hart case. There’s a whole lot to unpack, even more so since the inquest, which is on YouTube in two parts, each lasting six hours.

There’s the crash itself: the car’s computer showing how it happened, how Jen had deliberately driven off the cliff, the location and identification of all the bodies (except Devonte of course), the fact that everyone except Jen had taken horrific amounts of Benadryl, Sarah’s internet searches showing she was in on it, etc.

And then there’s the background, the two adoptions, the various accounts of abuse and deprivation, the long term starvation of the children, the fact that the Hart women were able to adopt the second sibling group of kids WHILE CHILD ABUSE CHARGES AGAINST THEM WERE PENDING for beating the crap out of one of the kids they’d already adopted, the moves, the festivals, the homeschooling, Devonte’s viral photo in 2016, etc.

It’s such an incredible mess.

This will take awhile.

11 thoughts on “Still struggling to piece together the Hart case

  1. Chris Kline April 10, 2019 / 11:17 am

    Just reading your post sent chills down my spine! Such a tragic incident! Unfortunately as with this case and others, Federal HHS as well as State HHS has information that would greatly help with piecing the details together and ultimately figuring out information that could be closure for case!

    Foster kids, foster parents, the use of drugs on kids – so many different agencies overlap with protections or lack thereof. If Devonte survived, Socisl Security would know where the funds are being sent for his care for things such as Medicaid or Medicare! Unfortunately, very unlikely they will provide information as it will uncover details of kids being placed in care without knowlegde of parents or police! Social Security was at one time part of H.H.S. and have issues SSN to kids that were reported missing in the past and still happening to this day! We have filed claims with SocialSecurity, HHS OIG, DOT OIG, FBI and Congress in an attempt to release all this information!

    Good luck with your thoughts, research and investigations!

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    • Brooke April 10, 2019 / 11:43 am

      Duh, I’m so dumb, you had it in YOUR post. Sorry, can you just delete my comment.

      • Meaghan April 10, 2019 / 12:27 pm

        I kept your other comment; it appears the inquest videos are “unlisted” in YouTube meaning you can only find them through a direct link, and your comment provides that.

  2. Ivana Lucy April 10, 2019 / 12:20 pm

    Too many social workers, as the majority of government employees, in USA, here and everywhere are doing a very bad job or just doing nothing but retrieve their paychecks. Here in Argentina they allowed a convicted sex offender and his wife to adopt a little girl(6), who months later died of the consequences of her rape and injuries. They got caught because the girl’s older sister(11, placed with other family and kept contact with the younger) cried and cried for weeks to the school and police authorities that she “knew somehow” that her sister is not well and insisted to see her. Police went to perform the welfare check so to get the girl off their case-and the little one was found buried in the patio.
    Lots of government employees, CPS workers and agents are nothing but the lazy pests, and to control them they put even more government employees and nothing ever changes. When cases like these happen, someone appears to say “I told you so” and there is media frenzy but in a few months everything goes back to “normal”, same old, until the other case happens.
    RIP Hart children, another victims of the rotten system.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan April 10, 2019 / 3:17 pm

    As a former federal employee, I am quite familiar with many government employees, who failed to do the the basics of their job. There are many cases of social workers at these CPS agencies who never checked on their clients, and falsified the records.

    It’s interesting that they were under investigation, and still were able to get more kids. The system is broken and no one takes responsibility, but it standard practice.

    • Meaghan April 10, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      The Hart women adopted through what sounds like a very bad agency. It was eventually shut down by the state (which is unusual) for its flagrant violations of adoption regulations.

    • IVANA LUCY April 10, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      thank you for your opinion PATRICK KERRIGAN. it happens worldwide, and it is so frustrating.

  4. Jerome Lundegaard April 11, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    It wasn’t government employees who drove that car off the cliff. If you want to blame someone, blame the Hart women. Can the system be improved? Of course, but blame the two women who killed those kids. I’ve worked for a state Social and Health Services and the majority of the social workers I interacted with were doing the best they can with a huge caseload and a lack of support from management and the public. Not enough people gives a shit about that work until something terrible happens and then they become a convenient scapegoat. We are all to blame for failing children.

    • IVANA LUCY April 11, 2019 / 9:54 pm

      Of course that the Hart women committed the crime and they are to blame, they are the first culprits. BUT, the lazy and careless government employees ignored the fact that the children were severely underweight, beaten up and it was ignored in several occasions. No excuse there. And it’s not the first time such things happen.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan April 12, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    I was just reading about the State of Oklahoma, passing what is called Francine’s Law. It requires all law enforcement agencies in the state to enter all missing persons case and unidentified bodies into NamUs, within 30 days. They now join the states of Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee, with similar laws.

    It would be nice if we could get the rest of the States to pass similar laws. Maybe we start spreading the word to our local supposedly elected leaders to get the ball rolling. I speak from experience with elected officials here in Illinois.

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