Friends have described the family as appearing normal and happy but a Tampa police report filed in November showed that Julie Schenecker had been investigated for alleged child abuse.
Police visited the Schenecker home Nov. 6, 2010, to investigate an allegation of child abuse made by Calyx. No charges were filed against Schenecker but, according to the police report, Schenecker acknowledged that she had hit her daughter.
Two days after police visited the Schenecker home, the mom of two got into a car accident that sent her to the hospital.
At the scene of the car accident, the petite blonde "showed signs of drug impairment," according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
Julie Schenecker was charged with careless driving and forced to take classes, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
A woman who asked to remain anonymous told ABC News that the family of Julie Schenecker attended an Al-Anon meeting three weeks before the murders. Al-Anon is a support group for those whose family members abuse drugs or alcohol.
Colonel Schenecker accompanied Beau and Calyx to the meeting of about 20 people, the woman said..
"He was just like any normal dad. He was there to help his kids," the woman said. "It was mentioned by the dad that they were there for the mother [Schenecker]...he said that she did have a drug and alcohol problem and they were here to cope with it."