Two lesbian mothers who died on Monday, alongside at least three of their six adopted children, had been reported to Child Protective Services days earlier.
Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, plunged over 100ft over a coastal cliff in California.
Neighbors of the moms called CPS to report that their son Devonte had come to their home asking for food every day for a week.
They said Devonte – who made national headlines when he was pictured hugging a police officer during a 2014 protest – asked them to leave food out in a box for him.
He said his mothers were ‘punishing’ him by not feeding him.
In 2017, another of the children went to their neighbors home at 1.30am asking for ‘protection’ and claiming the women did not treat her well.
One neighbor alleges one of the daughters, who was 12, looked around seven and had no front teeth.
On Friday, a CPS worker arrived at the home and knocked on the door, but the Harts never answered.
Instead, according to their neighbors Bruce and Dana DeKalb, they packed up in a hurry and fled with all six kids in their 2003 GMC Sierra truck.
‘The next morning when we saw that the vehicle was gone, and then Sunday morning when it still wasn’t there, we figured something was off because they never go anywhere.
‘They go to the store and back but.. we figured that they saw the (CPS) business card and loaded up the kids as quick as they could and took off, ‘ Mr. DeKalb told KGW on Thursday.
Then on Monday, Jennifer and Sarah Hart’s bodies were found at the bottom of a cliff in Westport, California, off Highway 1.
Three of their children, Markis, 19; Jeremiah 14; and Abigail, 14, were also found.
Hannah, 16; Devonte, 15; and Sierra, 12, have not been found.
It is not clear yet if they drove over the cliff purposefully or by accident but police said no brake marks were found at the scene.
To reach the cliff edge at the lookout, the women would have had to have driven off the Pacific Highway and traversed 75ft of rugged dirt road.
It is not known yet if they came to a stop at the edge before falling over.