Mom Charged With Abusing Kids for YouTube Show

A YouTube star was arrested after being accused of abusing her seven adoptive children if they refused to appear in her videos called “Fantastic Adventures.”

Machelle Hackney was booked into the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of two counts of molestation of a child, seven counts of child abuse and five counts each of unlawful imprisonment and child neglect. Police went by the 48-year-old’s home last Friday to conduct a welfare check after one of the children told a relative about the alleged abuse. The children told police they were forced to take part in their mother’s videos. If they forgot their lines or didn’t listen, they were punished.

One child told police she was locked in a closet for several days and forced to wear a diaper. Another said the woman had sprayed her between the legs with pepper spray.  Another male child said Hackney grabbed his privates and pinched him until he bled on numerous occasions.

Source: Mom on popular family YouTube channel accused of pepper-spraying, starving her children | fox5sandiego.com

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