2nd doctor says Arizona YouTube mom mentally unfit to stand trial
PHOENIX – The Arizona woman accused of abuse, molestation and neglect while pushing her children to YouTube stardom has been declared mentally incompetent to stand trial by another doctor, according to a news report.
A state physician judged Machelle Hobson of Maricopa, who faces 30 felony counts in Pinal County Superior Court, to be unfit for court proceedings, ABC15 reported.
The Maricopa Monitor reported that Hobson, 48, had been hospitalized while she was in jail.
At a July 24 court date, a doctor for the defense team said she was unfit to stand trial.
Hobson was arrested in March after one of her adult children reported to police one of the seven adopted youngsters told her that their mother was abusing them.
Five of the minor children appeared in a popular YouTube series and according to police records, they were severely punished if Hobson was displeased with their performances.
Police said they were told the younger children were locked in a closet for days at a time with no food, water or bathroom access.
The children, who were malnourished, were taken out of school so they could keep filming videos and hadn’t been back to class for years, according to court records.
Hobson has been home since early June, with conditions that include no contact with the children, who are in foster homes.
Two of her grown sons, Logan Hackney and Ryan Hackney, were also arrested but charges were dropped a month later.