Woman with YouTube channel pleads not guilty to abusing kids

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FILE – This file booking photo provided by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office shows Machelle Hobson. Hobson, who used to operate a popular YouTube channel featuring children, was indicted Monday, March 25, 2019, on charges that she abused and kidnapped five of her seven adopted children. (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who had a popular YouTube channel featuring children has pleaded not guilty to charges she abused some of her seven adopted children by pepper-spraying them, striking them with a hanger and making them take ice baths.

Pinal County Attorney’s spokeswoman Christy Wilcox says Machelle Hobson entered her plea Friday and remains in custody.

Hobson is accused of such things as using pepper spray on a child’s genitals, applying a lighter or stun gun to a victim’s genitals, arm or other body parts, and causing them to suffer malnourishment.

Authorities have previously said Hobson locked up the children in a closet for days without food, water or access to a bathroom.

YouTube has since terminated Hobson’s channel after determining it violated guidelines.

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