…It appeared the family planned a short trip because they left behind a pet, chickens and most of their belongings.
Bruce and Dana DeKalb, who lived next door to the family, said they called child welfare officials last week after becoming concerned that one of the children, Devonte Hart, had been coming to their house too often in the past week asking for food.
Devonte made headlines in 2014 when a photo of him tearfully hugging a police officer in Portland during a Black Lives Matter rally went viral.
The boy had told neighbors that his parents would keep food from him and his siblings as punishment. The DeKalbs said he asked them to leave food by the fence so his parents wouldn’t find out.
… Sarah Hart had previously been convicted in Minnesota of domestic assault back in 2011.
Online court records said Sarah’s plea in Douglas County also led to the dismissal of a charge of malicious punishment of a child. No other details were immediately available.