Former YouTube star accused of abusing her adopted kids dies

Former YouTube star accused of abusing her adopted kids dies

Former YouTube star accused of abusing her adopted kids dies

Machelle Hobson, 48, was facing multiple charges, including those for abuse and neglect, to which she pleaded not guilty, according to CNN.

To punish what Hobson perceived as subpar performance on the YouTube show - which garnered almost 800,000 subscribers and hundreds of millions of views on YouTube - the woman would allegedly beat the children with belts and hangers, assault them with pepper spray and force them to take ice baths, according to court documents. While Alvarado was unable to provide details, Scottsdale police said the death was ruled natural and there was no crime suspected in it.

YouTube has since terminated Hobson's channel, which featured skits about children stealing cookies or a boy with superpowers, after determining the channel violated its guidelines.

Authorities have said Hobson locked up children in a closet at her Maricopa home for days without food, water or access to a bathroom.

But a March welfare check found the home was a den of abuse.

One child described punishments from his mother, police said.

In August, Hobson, who made national headlines as the "YouTube mom", was declared incompetent to stand trial by both state and defense doctors. They have been assigned caseworkers and legal advocates, who are trying to find the children new permanent homes - and keep them all together, Volkmer said.

A spokeswoman for the Pinal County Attorney's Office, the agency prosecuting Hobson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Volkmer said that while prosecutors were looking forward to proving the case against Hobson, he was glad the kids don't have to go through trial.

The channel featured her seven adopted children and racked up millions of views. "They now can begin the healing process", Volkmer said.

The mother also allegedly kept the children from school for years so that they could continue making YouTube videos.

Hobson's two sons, Ryan and Logan Hackney, were initially implicated and charged with seven counts of "failing to report the abuse of a minor".

The Hackney brothers were not in the clear.

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