ROCKVILLE – Judge Eugene Wolfe ruled Catherine Hoggle, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and the suspect in the case of her two missing children, is still incompetent to stand trial at a status hearing on Tuesday morning at the county district courthouse.
For the family of Troy Turner, the father of the kids, this came as no surprise since this was not the first time the Wolfe deemed her incompetent.
Police arrested Hoggle and charged her with two counts of child neglect and one count of obstruction and hindering the investigation of her missing children, then 2-year old Jacob and 3-year-old Sarah Hoggle, after they disappeared in September 2014.
According to police and family, Hoggle lied about Jacob’s whereabouts when she didn’t return with him on September 8 after she supposedly took him to get pizza. Her explanation was she dropped Jacob off at a friend’s house.
The next morning, Hoggle took Sarah from the family home and returned without her. She said both of the children were at daycare.
Police arrested her four days later. Hoggle, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, was admitted into Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center soon after.
Since her arrest, Hoggle’s competency to stand trial has been brought to question in several status hearings. Hoggle’s attorney David Felsen said Hoggle is still not competent to stand trial and there have been no “substantial changes” in Hoggle’s condition.
“What we’re dealing with are profound mental health issues here, so things change over the course of time. There may be a period of time where things are better and a period of time where things are worse and I think that’s reflected in the report,” Felsen said.
In the status hearing, Wolfe said the doctor’s reports indicate that though Hoggle is still incompetent, her competency can be “restored.”
Wolfe set the next court date for September 27.
Hoggle, who was at the hearing, said nothing.
Lindsey Hoggle, Catherine Hoggle’s mother, said this is “unacceptable.” She said her daughter looks to be in the same condition as the last time she saw her, though she also said Hoggle hasn’t been able to see her family for 21 months.
“I never gave up on her. I’m not going to give up on her and finding out the truth and I’ m not giving up on Sarah and Jacob either,” Lindsey said
“I’m just going to continue the pressure and continue doing what I think needs to be done until all the answers are found.”
Though Troy Turner, father of Jacob and Sarah, was not at the hearing, his sister, Raelene Turner, and his mother, Debbie Beckward, did attend.
According to Beckward, Montgomery County Police twice refused assistance from the FBI to help find the children.
“When I called (the FBI), this was about three weeks ago, Agent Douglas said that he would turn (the case) in to his supervisor. I called back a week later, he said again, Montgomery County Police refused the FBI,” Debbie said
“Now, if it was a senator or somebody, all of the resources would be called out.”
Debbie also said the family is not upset with Catherine and acknowledges that the family had to “forgive” Catherine. However, Debbie said she thinks Wolfe is giving too much power to Felsen, who Debbie said interfered when Catherine volunteered to reveal where the children are.
“She agreed, she wanted to go show us where the kids were and her attorney objected, so all of a sudden the judge rules in his favor. I don’t know if they golf together, I don’t know, but when two kids’ lives are involved and you don’t call in the FBI, there is something going on,” Debbie said.
Felsen said this claim is not true.
Raelene said the family is only looking for justice.
“We just want justice, justice for Sarah and Jacob, (to) know where they are (and) what happened to them” Raelene said.