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Mom With Popular YouTube Channel Is Arrested For Abusing Her Kids When They Forgot Their ‘Lines’

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From the outside, “Fantastic Adventures” seemed like a harmless YouTube channel.

The channel, which boasted more than 800,000 subscribers, featured children acting in fun skits meant to entertain a younger audience, according to Inside Edition.

They often appeared to be having a blast, stealing cookies or solving puzzles during “escape games.” But behind the scenes, their mother was allegedly subjecting the children to heinous abuse.

Their adoptive mother, Machelle Hackney, 47, has been arrested amid accusations that she starved and beat her children, Washington Post reports.

Police reports state that the mother severely punished her children if they couldn’t “recall their lines” or “perform as directed.”

The children were allegedly sprayed with pepper spray on their face and genitals and sometimes locked in the mother’s closet for several days at a time.

Hackney also allegedly forced them to take ice baths and sometimes pushed their heads into the water, the Post reports.

Hackney’s 19-year-old daughter, who was featured in some videos, reported the alleged abuse to police on March 13, leading to the arrest.

Pinal County Sheriff

The mom’s two biological sons, Logan and Ryan Hackney, were also arrested for failing to report the abuse of their adoptive siblings.

The seven children were malnourished when they were taken into police custody. One child drank three bottles of water within 20 minutes due to thirst.

YouTube has now taken down “Fantastic Adventures” off the streaming platform. They said in a statement:

“We work closely with leading child safety organizations and others in our industry to protect young people. When we’re made aware of serious allegations of this nature, we investigate and take action.”

According to AZFamily, the kids had been pulled out of school “years” ago to focus on acting in their mom’s YouTube videos.

At this time, it’s unclear who will retain custody of the seven children.

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  1. Another sickening case of child abuse! I really think that every child who does not attend private or public school and is enrolled in a home schooled program should be monitored as well. Normally their schoolwork is sent in and various times the children participate in activities together with other home schoolers and also at the school within their district they may participate in activities, but someone within the educational system should be checking up on these children unannounced and seeing exactly what is happening. I am not saying home schooled children are the only ones abused, Alot of times the abuser doesn’t want people to see what they are doing to the children so it happens in all situations. There are children who disappear from the public educational system and no one checks up on them or they have moved from one state to the next and no one knows where the children are.

    • You can’t usurp my rights just because someone else did something wrong. I intend to homeschool my son for the first few years of his education. That doesn’t make me a child abuser, nor does it give me a burden to prove to you that I’m not abusing my child. It’s my choice, it’s legal, and it doesn’t mean I can be subjected to home inspections and drop ins from the government just because I’m making a different choice than you are. I have a right to privacy in my own home, and you don’t get to take away my rights based on someone else’s actions.

      • My question to you then is who protects these children from being horrifically abused if no one sees them physically? A lot of times kids are pulled from school and no one sees them again. They are lost in the system. My son did cyber schooling in 9 th grade and no one from his previous public school even so much checked on him.

    • Wait so your response to a case of abuse, where the children where featured on regular YouTube videos, seen by 800,000 people. Is to invade the privacy of homeschoolers? Tell me how being in the public eye helped these kids AT ALL? 800,000 people saw them on A regular basis, far more than a normal public school student would have contact with. And yet noone noticed the abuse.
      No you can stay out of my home and my business since obviously the government isnt goung a great job protecting anyone.

  2. This mother needs to go to the kind of jail where she is able to generate income for the benefit of her children (not the legal system and government employees, or private jails). Drain the swamp!

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