FLORENCE, Ariz. (FOX 10) - A Valley woman accused of abusing her seven adopted children and forcing them to star in YouTube videos pleaded not guilty to child abuse and kidnapping charges on Friday.
Machelle Hobson, 47, will enter a plea just days after she was indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges of child abuse and kidnapping.
Machelle Hobson who’s been dubbed the “YouTube Mom” pleading not guilty to multiple charges of child abuse and kidnapping. She’s accused of using pepper spray on the children, locking them in the closet with no food or water among other things. #Fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/08z6Hvw9Dv— Danielle Miller FOX10 (@Fox10Danielle) March 29, 2019
Hobson's two adult sons, Logan D. Hackney and Ryan D. Hackney, have also been arrested on multiple counts of failing to report the abuse of a minor.
According to court documents, the children mentioned having to take part in the YouTube channel and were disciplined if they did not remember their lines, or did not participate as they were directed to.
The children also stated that the YouTube channel was one of the reasons Hobson took them out of school and said they have not been in school for years.
The YouTube channel has since been deleted.
Hobson remains in jail on a $200,000 bond.
Her children are in DCS custody.