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Judge Denies State’s Request for Independent Doctor in Hoggle Case

Catherine Hoggle 450x280Judge 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 defendant’s competency has been unanimous,” wrote Judge Wolfe in the ruling. “The defendant is undergoing 24-hour supervision by staff at Perkins and has a staff member with her at all times. There is nothing to suggest that the staff at Perkins are performing the evaluation in a manner inconsistent with the medical standard proscribed to perform competency evaluations.”

Defense attorney David Felsen represents Catherine Hoggle, who is charged with with neglect, hindering and obstruction in the case of her missing children, Sarah (5) and Jacob (3) . She is the last known person to have seen Sarah and Jacob before they disappeared in Sept. of 2014, and she has been undergoing treatment for mental health issues at the state hospital for over 18 months now.

“I think the judge’s ruling is consistent with the law and the facts in this case,” Felsen told MyMCMedia on Friday.

According to a spokesperson with the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO), prosecutors remain concerned about Hoggle’s “possible malingering.”

SAO Spokesperson Ramon Korionoff said there will be other opportunities to challenge Hoggle’s competency status to stand trial.

“For the sake of Jacob and Sarah we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to uncover the truth about the fate of those children,” said Korionoff in an email.

troyturner1The ruling was another blow to the children’s father, Troy Turner, who was expecting a full competency hearing on April 25th. The attorneys involved on both sides of the case said that hearing has now been canceled.

“It makes me more angry and frustrated,” Turner said. “It’s already bad enough,” adding, that he feels as if the case is moving backwards.

Late last year, Turner, Hoggle’s mother, and another relative filed affadavits stating they believe that Hoggle is competent to stand trial.

In his ruling, the judge stressed that competency is a medical issue, and, he said, the court is relying on the unanimous medical opinion of the Perkins staff that Hoggle is incompetent to stand trial at this time.

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State's Attorney Seeks Delay in Hoggle Competency Ruling

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The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is asking a Circuit Court judge to hold off ruling on Catherine Hoggle’s competency for four more months, according to a motion filed this week. Hoggle, 32, faces murder charges in the deaths of her two children, Sarah and Jacob. She has been ruled incompetent since the children’s disappearance […]

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Catherine Hoggle, the mother accused of killing two of her children nearly five years ago, has spent most of the time since then at Clifton Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. That could change in August. Based on the hospital’s psychiatric evaluations, judges have ruled Hoggle incompetent to stand trial. Montgomery County […]

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A Montgomery County judge ruled Tuesday that Catherine Hoggle, who has been accused of killing her two children, remained incompetent to stand trial. The decision was the latest in a series of rulings where Hoggle has been brought before a judge and found unable to assist in her defense based on reports of her doctor […]

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It’s been about four years since the disappearance of Sarah, and Jacob Hoggle. They were last seen with their mother, Catherine Hoggle-who has not given any information regarding her children’s whereabouts since their disappearance. Most recently, Catherine Hoggle had a status hearing to determine her current mental status, and if she is competent to stand […]

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Hoggle Again Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial


Catherine Hoggle was once again ruled incompetent to stand trial on Friday. The woman faces two murder charges in connection with the disappearances of her two children four years ago. The children — Sarah who was then 3 and Jacob who was then 2 — have never been found. They were reported missing, and Catherine […]

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Hoggle Expected in Court Friday


Catherine Hoggle, who faces two murder charges for the disappearance of her two young children, is scheduled to be in court again Friday. Once again, the issue will be whether she is competent to stand trial. She will be appearing before Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg. The case had been before Judge Michael Mason; the […]

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Father of Missing Children: 'There Will Never Be Closure'

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It’s been four years since Sarah and Jacob Hoggle went missing.  During a candlelight vigil Friday evening, the children’s father, Troy Turner, said every day is getting harder because there are no signs of their whereabouts. The children were last seen with their mother, Catherine Hoggle, in 2014.  She was recently charged for first degree […]

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Candlelight Vigil for Hoggle Children Will Be Held in Germantown

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It’s been four years since two young children from the area went missing. Sarah, 3, and Jacob 2, were last seen with their mother, Catherine Hoggle. Hoggle, who had previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was charged with first degree murder of her children, but deemed not competent to stand trial. She is currently being held […]

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Hoggle Again Deemed Not Competent to Stand Trial

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Catherine Hoggle, who faces two murder charges after the disappearance of her two young children, was deemed not competent to stand trial, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said. Circuit Court Judge Michael Mason made the determination in a status hearing. Hoggle, 31, will be evaluated yearly; her next competency hearing will […]

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