The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart were found March 26 inside the family's SUV, which had crashed at the rocky shoreline below a cliff in Mendocino County. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of.08 or higher.
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 side effect of the allergy drug is that it can make people exhausted.
Carpenter said none of the car's occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Authorities, who originally had said the body was a child's, anticipate that an autopsy will be performed early next week.
Police hadn't found the bodies of Devonte Hart and his adoptive sisters, 16-year-old Hannah Hart and 12-year-old Sierra.
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"These items were of a personal nature and will not be described further at this time, but it does confirm the fact the vehicle that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family", the California Highway Patrol said. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.
The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said.
Devonte, who captured the hearts of America in November 2014 when a photo of him hugging a police officer during a Ferguson-related rally in Portland went viral, told DeKalb and his wife that his parents withheld food as punishment.
The biological aunt of three of the six children adopted by Jennifer and Sarah Hart tried, and failed, to gain custody of the kids in Texas before they were placed in foster care and later adopted by the Harts.
According to the San Jose police department, the Thottapilly family was supposed to have arrived to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 but did not make it as scheduled. Sarah Hart reportedly also had diphenhydramine in her system. But after spending two weeks with the family Argyropoulos said she noticed kindness, love and respect for the children was largely absent.
Argyropoulos says the family's story has spurred her to start a petition calling for a national child abuse registry that would alert states of prior reports of abuse. Bruce Carpenter said Friday that toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of.102.
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