Arizona police have arrested an adoptive mom of seven children who allegedly starved and beat them in the event that they failed to carry out correctly in her YouTube videos, generally pepper-spraying their genitals and locking them in a closet.
Machelle Hackney, 48, is the lady behind the favored YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures,” which boasts some 700,000 followers and has over 242 million views. However, behind the scenes, a disturbing image of extended baby abuse has emerged.
According to her seven adopted children, Hackney withheld meals and water, restricted entry to the bathroom, beat and starved the children, and even locked them in solitary confinement for extended durations of time in the event that they forgot their strains or made errors through the filming of their YouTube videos.
Hackney maintains that she solely used spanking, grounding and having them stand within the nook as punishment, although the children and one of her grownup sons dispute this, claiming she used stress positions, in which the children would have to stand within the nook with their arms above their heads of hours on finish, as well as to beatings with a hanger, belt or brush and pepper sprayings.
One woman advised authorities that her adoptive mom had pepper-sprayed her genitals and that the extreme ache lasted for a number of days. One of the boys additionally advised police Hackney had grabbed and pinched his genitalia. All of the children underwent forensic interviews and medical examinations.
Hackney was arrested on Friday and has been held with out bond whereas dealing with seven counts of baby abuse, 5 counts of illegal imprisonment and two counts of baby molestation. Hackney’s two grownup sons, Ryan and Logan, have been each charged with seven counts of baby abuse.