According to Minnesota court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, Sarah Margaret Hart pled guilty in 2010 to "Malicious Punishment of Child" and served ninety days in jail for "Domestic Assault."
On November 10, 2010, the child was at her elementary school when she went up to a teacher and described "'owies' on her tummy and back," Douglas County court documents reveal.
"With the child's permission, the teacher lifted her shirt and saw that, indeed, the child had bruises on her front from her sternum to a point above her belly button, and on her back from midway down her back to the waistband of her pants," the court documents read.
Sarah admitted to taking her daughter into the bathroom and "spanking" her to "deal with her behavior."
"The defendant explained that she took child into the bathroom and bent her over the edge of the bathtub," the court documents stated. "The defendant admitted that she hit the child on the backside and acknowledged that the marks on her stomach came from child being bent over the tub."
Her wife, Jennifer, admitted to authorities to knowing about the abuse.
In addition to the jail time served, Sarah was ordered to do community service for an "indeterminate period of time" and had to pay $350 in court fines.
The women’s former Washington neighbors once called Child Protective Services after Devonte Hart (the boy who went viral for hugging a police officer during a protest) repeatedly visited them asking for food, according to The Oregonian.
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Initially police believed the incident of the couple and their six adopted children to be a tragic accident. New evidence, however, indicate the car crash was "likely intentional."
“While it has been documented that the car was traveling at 90 mph upon impact, it is not conclusive whatsoever. We do have reason to believe, however, that the crash was intentional. This is all based on preliminary information,” California Highway Patrol Acting Assistant Chief Greg Baart told KGW 8 News on Saturday April 8, 2018.
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