Police: Mom of YouTube stars starved, pepper sprayed adopted kids
PHOENIX – A mother and her two adult sons were arrested Friday on suspicion of repeatedly abusing the mother’s seven adopted children when they did not perform well in the mother’s YouTube videos, police in Maricopa, Arizona, said.
The children reported being locked in a closet for days without food, water or access to a bathroom, pepper sprayed from head to toe and forced to take ice baths, according to police.
The woman, identified as Machelle Hackney, 48, of Maricopa, has operated a YouTube channel called “Fantastic Adventures,” where episodes featured each of the seven adopted children acting out different scenarios, usually inside a house or backyard, according to a probable cause statement from police.
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