YouTube Mom In Arizona Facing Child Abuse Charges
If you have kids, then you may have heard of the YouTube channel called “Fantastic Adventures,” that features a group of kids acting in various skits. Their channel racked up millions of views and they frequently collaborated with other popular YouTubers. However, we have learned that the mother who runs the YouTube channel has been indicted on 30 counts of alleged abuse against five of her adopted children. All of the children were frequent actors on the channel.
The Pinal County Attorney’s Office says that Machelle Hobson, 48, faces a range of major charges. They include kidnapping, dangerous crimes against children, and child abuse.
What Are They Saying?
Maricopa police say that someone came to them on March 13 and said that her mother had been abusing her siblings. According to police reports, the woman who came to police said that Hobson would lock her siblings in the closet for days at a time, pepper spray them, and leave them with no food or water for days.
Police say they found a child wearing a pull-up diaper and no other clothing when they arrived at the home and that the children looked pale and underweight. One child allegedly told police they had been pepper sprayed numerous times. Other children allegedly made similar claims, including ones of abuse to their private parts and being forced to take ice baths.
Much of the abuse apparently revolved around the YouTube channel and their children’s ability to remember their lines.
Two of her adult children were also arrested and charged with failing to report abuse of a minor.
A Warning About Initial Charges
Hobson has denied most of the allegations against her and says that the only punishments she used were having the children stand in the corner, spankings, and being grounded. This case must be allowed to play out in court because what we often find in these cases is that law enforcement and prosecutors throw every charge they have at their disposal at a suspect, knowing that they cannot prove all of them. They do this in an attempt to intimate the suspect into agreeing to a plea deal for lesser charges.
According to Arizona law, child abuse is:
Infliction or allowing of physical injury, impairment of bodily function or disfigurement, serious emotional damage diagnosed by a doctor or psychologist, and as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior caused by acts or omissions of individual having care and custody of child.
Penalties for child abuse range from a Class 2 to a Class 6 felony depending on the extent of the injuries a child sustains and whether the abuse was intentional, reckless, or criminally negligent. A person found guilty can face 1.5 years to 10 years in prison along with a $150,000 fine.
What An Attorney Can Do To Help
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors take allegations of child abuse seriously. They should, and any crimes committed against children should see the abuser punished according to the law. However, we often see that these crimes come with an automatic presumption of guilt. The story plays out on the nightly news with a mugshot and a list of charges before a person has even had a chance to defend themselves or get an attorney.
If you are facing allegations of child abuse or other crimes against a child, seek help from a qualified Arizona defense attorney as soon as possible. You need an advocate by your side who will listen to your story, investigate the charges against you, and vigorously defend you in court.
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