YouTube mom’s 2 adult sons will not be charged in Maricopa abuse case

Apr 8, 2019, 5:45 PM | Updated: Apr 9, 2019, 9:32 am
Logan Hackney and Ryan Hackney (Pinal County Sheriff's Office Photos)...
Logan Hackney and Ryan Hackney (Pinal County Sheriff's Office Photos)
(Pinal County Sheriff's Office Photos)

PHOENIX — The two adult sons of a Maricopa woman who allegedly abused five of her seven adopted children and forced them to perform in YouTube videos will not be charged in the case, authorities said Monday.

Ryan and Logan Hackney, sons of Machelle Hobson, were arrested March 15 for failing to report her alleged abuse, which included pepper spraying the children’s genitals and locking them in closets when they did not remember their lines.

“At this time Pinal County Attorney’s Office has chosen not to file charges against Ryan or Logan Hackney, however, the investigation into Ryan and Logan Hackney’s role in the case, if any, is still ongoing,” Christy Wilcox, spokeswoman for the attorney’s office, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

The brothers were released on their own recognizance on March 19, and they were scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Hobson, 47, was charged with multiple felony counts involving each juvenile victim, including kidnapping and a variety of child abuse charges, for a total of 30 counts on March 26.

KTAR News 92.3 FM legal expert Monica Lindstrom said at the time that Hobson could spend the rest of her life behind bars.

“We could be looking at over 100 years,” Lindstrom told KTAR News’ Mac & Gaydos.

“If you take all of those counts and if they’re at separate times and with separate victims, which they are, then those can be stacked on top of each other.”

Police said the children, who were malnourished, were taken out of school so they could keep filming videos and hadn’t been back in school for years.

Hobson’s Fantastic Adventures YouTube channel drew more than 240 million views for 36 videos and more than 800,000 subscribers since debuting in 2012.

The channel was taken down hours after news of Hobson’s arrest spread.

On March 13, Police began investigating at Hobson’s home in Maricopa, about 40 miles south of Phoenix, after her adult daughter reported the alleged abuse.

They removed Hobson’s seven adopted children from the house the next day.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office said only five children were included in the charges because investigators haven’t found direct evidence of abuse of two 3-year-olds.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Taylor Kinnerup contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A WWII ear landing craft used to transport troops or tanks was revealed on the shoreline near the L...
Associated Press

World War II-era boat emerges from shrinking Lake Mead

A sunken boat dating back to World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona.
16 hours ago
Sgt. Rick Lopez (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Photos)...

Memorial service for fallen Yavapai County sergeant to be held at arena

A memorial service for fallen Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Richard Lopez was scheduled for next week at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
16 hours ago
(YouTube Screenshot/Governor Ned Lamont)...
Danny Shapiro

Connecticut woos Arizona businesses unhappy with state’s abortion law

Connecticut’s top politicians are inviting Arizona businesses to relocate if they are unhappy with the Grand Canyon State’s restrictive abortion laws following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
16 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Police exchange late-night gunfire with man on Phoenix street

Police in Phoenix exchanged gunfire with a man late Thursday and later found him wounded at a home, where they took him into custody.
16 hours ago
The late Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords were selected to receive the Presiden...
Kevin Stone

John McCain, Gabby Giffords to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

A prominent pair of Arizona political figures, the late Sen. John McCain and former Rep. Gabby Giffords, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom next week.
16 hours ago
(National Park Service Photo)...

Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest national parks ease fire restrictions

Increased monsoon activity in the Arizona has resulted in a pair of the state's national parks easing fire restrictions.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
YouTube mom’s 2 adult sons will not be charged in Maricopa abuse case