Catherine Hoggle Appears in Court, Judge Orders Competency Hearing (VIDEOS)
Handcuffed, in leg shackles, wearing eyeglasses and with her hair pulled back, a thinner Catherine Hoggle appeared in a Rockville district courtroom on Feb. 22 in front of Judge John Moffett. It was her fifth court hearing since she was ordered to undergo treatment for mental health issues at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup over one year ago.
Hoggle is the last known person to have seen her young children, Sarah (5) and Jacob (3) before they disappeared from their Clarksburg home in September of 2014. The 29-year-old mother faces misdemeanor charges of neglect, hindering and obstruction in their disappearance.
According to documents discussed in court today, doctors at the state hospital say Hoggle remains incompetent to stand trial on those charges.
But family members disagree. Her mother, her aunt and Troy Turner, the father of missing Sarah and Jacob, have filed affadavits stating they believe Catherine Hoggle is competent based on their conversations and interactions with her.
State’s Attorney John McCarthy talked about those statements today in court as he also raised questions about Hoggle’s competency status. Noting how long she has been receiving treatment, he asked the court for a competency hearing so he could have the opportunity to challenge the doctors at the state hospital. McCarthy said he also wants to hire an independent doctor to evaluate Hoggle’s competency.
At one point at the Feb. 22nd hearing, McCarthy even asked Turner to join him in front of the courtroom to answer some questions about Hoggle’s competency. Despite objections from defense attorney David Felsen, Judge Moffett allowed it. Hoggle was standing in between both her defense attorneys as Turner told the court why he personally thinks the mother of his missing children is mentally competent.
After hearing both sides, Judge Moffett decided to set a competency hearing for April 25. He told lawyers for the state and defense to clear their calendars for April 25th and April 26th in case that hearing runs long. Noting there’s already been six evaluations, Felsen said he doesn’t think anything has changed in regards to his client’s competency.
Family and friends of both Hoggle and Turner attended today’s court hearing. Also in the courtroom, the lead Montgomery County police detective who is investigating the disappearance of Sarah and Jacob. Outside the courthouse, Lindsey Hoggle, the mother of Catherine Hoggle and the grandmother of the missing children, said her number one concern is finding Sarah and Jacob.
MyMCMedia asked Felsen how long Hoggle can be treated for mental health issues at the state hospital. He said, according to state statute, she cannot be held for more than three years on the misdemeanor charges.
UPDATED Catherine Hoggle appeared in front of District Court Judge Holly Reed, III on Sept. 27th for a status hearing in Rockville. It was the first time she had been in court since June. During the Tuesday hearing, Reed reported that doctors at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital have evaluated Hoggle and determined that she […]
The competency of Catherine Hoggle is scheduled to be discussed at a status hearing in District Court on Tuesday morning in Rockville. Hoggle has been treated for mental health issues at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital for the past two years. She is the last known person to have seen her children, Sarah and Jacob […]
The father of two missing children has launched an online petition on the Change.org website. The focus of the petition, Troy Turner said, “is simply bringing my kids home.” It will be two years next month since his young daughter and son, Jacob and Sarah Hoggle, disappeared from their Clarksburg home. Their mother, Catherine Hoggle, […]
It’s been almost two years since siblings Sarah and Jacob Hoggle disappeared from their Clarksburg home in September of 2014. Their mother, Catherine Hoggle, is the last known person to have seen the two children, and she has been charged by police with neglect, obstruction and hindering. She has been found incompetent to stand trial, […]
With her long hair pulled back and wearing eyeglasses, a handcuffed Catherine Hoggle was brought inside a Rockville district courtroom on June 28th for a status hearing in the case of her missing children, Sarah and Jacob. She glanced back towards her mother who was sitting in the third row at least once during the […]
UPDATED Catherine Hoggle is expected to appear in district court for a status hearing on June 28th in Rockville. Hoggle is the last known person to have seen her missing children, Sarah and Jacob, before they disappeared from their Clarksburg home in September of 2014. She remains at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital where she […]
Lindsey Hoggle, the mother of Catherine Hoggle and the grandmother of missing Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, has written a letter to The Washington Post about mental illness and incarceration. Her daughter, Catherine Hoggle, is being treated for mental health issues at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital in Jessup, Maryland. Catherine is believed to be last […]
Judge Eugene Wolfe has denied a request by state prosecutors to hire a psychiatrist to conduct an independent competency evaluation of Catherine Hoggle, according to court documents posted online by The Washington Post. “The defendant is being evaluated by a team of medical professionals at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital and their opinion of the […]
State’s Attorney John McCarthy said he is preparing for the upcoming April 25th competency hearing in the case of Catherine Hoggle. Hoggle is the last known person to have seen her missing children, Sarah and Jacob, before they disappeared in Sept. of 2014. She continues to receive treatment for mental health issues at Clifton T. […]
In this MyMCMedia Extra, Troy Turner says he appreciates the community’s support and interest in the case of his two children who disappeared from their Clarksburg home in Sept. of 2014. He said it means a lot to him that people still care. Turner said he hopes to get an age progressed photo of the […]