Behind the scenes, however, the children told a different story. Last week's welfare check found that the house was an abuse pit, where the mother withheld food and water day after day, sprayed pepper spray on her, forced her to take ice baths, and lock her in a barren cabinet explaining the probable Cause in Maricopa, Arizona.
"They explained that they are disciplined in the above manners if they do not remember their lines or (in the videos) do not attend when they are addressed to them," said the probable cause explanation.
"They said this was one of the reasons why her mother took her from school to film her series, and they said they had not been to school for years."
The police arrested their mother on Friday. Machelle Hackney, 48, for two reasons of molesting a child, seven cases of child abuse, five cases of child neglect, and five cases of unlawful detention.
Her adult sons, Logan and Ryan Hackney, were also arrested on Friday. They are each subject to seven charges. They are accused of not reporting the abuse of a minor.
The three are being held without a loan. A spokeswoman for the prosecution said they do not have a lawyer yet.
In the police report, Hackney said the closet in her room was never used for punishment and denied the allegations involving pepper spray and ice baths. She said that the only form of punishment she uses is to stand in the corner, spank, and be on the floor, the statement said.
Ryan Hackney relied on his rights in Miranda, but Logan Hackney talked to the police and said the children were locked in a cupboard, sprayed pepper and forced to take ice baths, the statement said.
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The probable cause explanation describes a visit that social workers made at home on March 13. After being tipped by an adult daughter, one of the children said they were being abused.
At the social check-up, a child was found in an unlocked cabinet with a locking mechanism and only a diaper to wear. The statement states that the other six children appeared to be malnourished. They were said to have pale features, dark circles under their eyes, were underweight, and said they were thirsty and hungry.
According to the probable cause statement, one of the children drank three 16-ounce bottles of water within 20 minutes and said He was peppered several times to be punished by his mother. Another kid said she was extremely hungry and got a bag of chips at the scene. However, she was afraid to eat the chips because she did not want her mother to smell her breath, as stated in the statement.
The child protection department then removed the seven children from their mother's custody.
A In search of the house, two cans of pepper spray were found in the mother's room, and the cupboard in her bedroom had a bolt lock and a bare tile floor, the statement said.
In follow-up interviews, a child told them how they were. They were locked in a cupboard for days without food, water or toilet. They were also sprayed with pepper on their face and body, beaten, forced to take ice baths, and forced to stand in the corner with their arms raised for several hours, the statement said.
"I am either beaten with a hanger or belt" "or a brush," said a child, "or let pepper splash from head to toe."
The child also said his Mother pinched the tip of the penis with her fingernails until she bleed, and another child said she was peppered on her vagina, recalling having been in pain for four to five days.
YouTube confirmed, that the station was demonized as soon as the company was alerted to the arrest.