Months before her mother killed her and all her siblings in a bizarre cliff crash, Hannah Hart asked her neighbors to save her from her parents’ constant abuse.
According to PEOPLE, a report from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office describes how a panicked Hannah escaped from her Woodlawn, Washington home through an open window, in the summer of 2017, and rushed to her neighbors’ house to plead for help.
She was fifteen at the time, but to neighbor Dena DeKalb, she looked “much younger.”
When she arrived at the DeKalbs’ home, Hannah begged them to take her to Seattle. She told them “her parents would whip her with a belt and withhold food as punishment,” according to the report.
A few minutes later, Hannah’s parents realized she was missing, and began calling out her name outside of the DeKalb’s home. Dana said the terrified girl “hid behind the bed, asking Dana not to let her family come in.”
Dana reportedly spoke to mothers Jennifer and Sarah Hart, telling them what Hannah had told her about the abuse. The mothers said that the teen girl had a hard childhood and “mental health issues.” They assured she was not being abused.
Hours later, Hannah and her mothers came back to the DeKalbs’ home to speak to Dana. By then, the girl was quiet and very polite.
The next morning, the two women returned to their neighbors’ house without Hannah, telling Dana that they were going through a rough time at home because they were remodeling.
RadarOnline.com previously reported the Hart children had shown signs of verbal and physical abuse by their parents, long before mom Jennifer Hart drove them all off a cliff in California.
Child Protective Services had visited Jennifer and Sarah’s home before the incident, and police convicted Sarah of domestic assault in 2010. They paid the mothers another visit just days before two decided to flee to Seattle with their six kids.
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Six of the eight Hart family members—including Sarah and Jennifer—were found dead at the bottom of the cliff after the March 26, crash. The bodies of Hannah, 16, and Devonte Hart, 15, have not yet been discovered, but police believe they were also inside the car at the time of the tragedy, and are now dead.
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