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Hart Parents Intentionally Drove Off Cliff In Fatal California Crash, Jury Rules

Authorities said the married couple took their children and fled their home following allegations of neglect, then drove off a cliff along Highway 1 in Mendocino County.

A special coroner's jury has determined that the couple who drove themselves and their six adopted children off a northern California cliff last year did so deliberately.

The jury's verdict of murder-suicide on Thursday confirms authorities' suspicions that the March 2018 crash was intentional. It also concludes thousands of hours of investigation into the widely

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