GERMANTOWN – Psychiatrists at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup determined 28-year-old Catherine Hoggle, who is charged in the September disappearance of her two toddler-aged children, is mentally incompetent to stand trial.
According to a court document filed by Hoggle’s attorney David Felsen, Hoggle’s mental state has deteriorated since she was visited by Montgomery County Police detectives on Oct. 1. He said the visit, which is estimated to have lasted more than two hours, required Hoggle to receive emergency medication.
In court, Hoggle told Montgomery County District Judge Eugene Wolfe that the detectives repeatedly told her “f**k you” when she asked for an attorney. Hoggle also told Judge Wolfe that the medication she is taking is designed to “zonk” her out. The detectives deny the exchange took place and said they stopped questioning Hoggle after she asked for a lawyer.
Troy Turner, the father of Hoggle’s children, said the family is no longer depending on her to show them where the missing children are. He said he has spoken to Hoggle since the Nov. 6 court date and she has told them that the offer to lead police to Sarah, 4, and Jacob, 2, is standing.
“When I spoke to her she sounded fine, I don’t know how they determined that,” said Turner. “It won’t affect anything that I’m doing. What I’ve been doing is under the assumption that she’s not going to say anything and we need to find my children. So that doesn’t change a thing for us.”
Turner said celebrating several birthdays, including Sarah’s, has been the hardest thing since Hoggle took the kids nearly three months ago.
“I’m an emotional mess inside but at the same time I can’t be that because that’s not who my children need me to be… It was the hardest thing having Sarah’s birthday and her not being there. Looking around and knowing her and Jacob aren’t home and I don’t know if there’s anything I can say about it except that it’s a reminder that they’re still out there and we need to get them home,” Turner said.
Hoggle’s mother, Lindsay, continues to ask her daughter to tell someone where Sarah and Jacob are.
“She knows as a mother, I have unconditional love. I love her but I don’t love what she’s done. The right thing to do is tell us where they are or tell someone where they are,” Lindsay said.
The Turner and Hoggle family continue to search daily for the children, who they believe are still alive despite police pursuing homicide charges against Hoggle. The family will hold searches every weekend from 10a.m.-4p.m.