The Latest: 2 sons of Arizona woman in abuse case arrested
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona woman arrested on allegations of abusing adopted children (all times local):
Arizona authorities say two adult sons of a woman arrested on allegations of using pepper spray to discipline her seven younger adopted children are being held on suspicion of failing to report abuse of a minor.
A police statement released Wednesday says Logan and Ryan Hackney were booked into jail.
Authorities said their mother Machelle Hackney disciplined the adopted children by locking them in a closet for days without food, water or bathroom access. The kids were featured on her popular YouTube channel.
A police report says officers arriving at the house in the small city of Maricopa south of Phoenix found six of the children appeared malnourished and underweight.
It was not immediately clear if the 48-year-old mother or her two grown sons had an attorney.
Arizona authorities say a woman has been arrested on allegations of using pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children and locking them for days inside a closet.
A police report says Machelle Hackney’s adopted children had no food, water or access to a bathroom for days while inside the closet at her home in the small city of Maricopa south of Phoenix.
The report says that officers who went to the house last week reported that six of the children appeared malnourished and underweight.
Hackney was being held at the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of two counts of molestation of a child, seven counts of child abuse and five counts of unlawful imprisonment and child neglect.
It was unclear Tuesday whether 48-year-old Hackney had a lawyer.