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Woman Arrested For Forcing Kids To Be YouTube Stars

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Woman Arrested For Forcing Kids To Be YouTube Stars

Woman Arrested For Forcing Kids To Be YouTube Stars

The Arizona woman behind popular YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures,” has been accused of abusing her adopted children and forcing them to be YouTube stars.

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According to multiple reports, Machelle Hackney was arrested with two of her son’s for forcing her adoptive kids to perform for her YouTube channel. Police said Hackney withheld bathroom access, food and water and beat and pepper-sprayed the seven children when they failed to follow directions for YouTube videos.

In addition to the abuse, the children told police their mother took them out of school to make videos and also abused them for forgetting lines. Police have charged Hackney with seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of child molestation. Her adult sons, Logan and Ryan, were each charged with seven counts of child abuse as well.

Police discovered the abuse after doing a welfare check following a tip from Hackney’s biological daughter. Officers came in contact with the six other children, who appeared to be malnourished, and they stated they were “thirsty and hungry,” according to The Hill.

“Officers came in contact with the six other children, who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale complexion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry,” according to a probable cause statement from the police. 

YouTube has stripped all of Hackney’s videos. She has denied abusing the children and said the only punishments she gave was spankings and had them stand in the corner.

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