ROCKVILLE – District Court Judge Holly Reed found Catherine Hoggle, the diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic mother of two children who have been missing for two years, still incompetent to stand trial Tuesday morning.
Hoggle’s mother, Lindsey Hoggle said Catherine looked worse at this hearing since the beginning of the series of hearings.
“There’s just no effect, she’s flat. At least in the past she’s had her hair pulled back. Imagine seeing your own child in handcuffs and leg shackles,” Lindsey said. “She just looked ready to cry. She just didn’t look like she was with it. She just looked the worst yet.”
At the hearing in district court, Judge Reed read the hospital’s report, which deemed Hoggle to be dangerous and indicated Hoggle does not understand “the nature and object of the proceedings.”
Police arrested the 29-year-old in September 2014 when her then 2-year-old son Jacob Hoggle and 3-year-old daughter Sarah Hoggle disappeared after Hoggle claimed she took them to daycare. They charged her with two counts of child neglect and one count of obstruction and hindering the investigation.
According to police and family, Hoggle said she supposedly took Jacob to get pizza on September 8. When she returned home without him, she said she dropped Jacob off at a friend’s house for a play date.
Hoggle took Sarah from the family home the next morning and returned without her. She said she left the children at daycare.
Four days later, police arrested Hoggle and she was admitted to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital. Since then, there have been several status hearings regarding her competency to stand trial.
According to Hoggle’s attorney, David Felsen, Hoggle is cooperating and is taking her medications.
“I can tell you we’re dealing with mental health issues. There are bad days and there are good days. There is progress and there is regress,” Felsen said.
He also mentioned the doctors are noticing progress and say she is still “restorable.”
“This has been going on a long time. The doctors are doing what they can. We respect the doctors in making their evaluations and rendering their opinions and this is sort of where we stand.” Felsen said.
Lindsey said she will continue her own searches for the children.
“I’m going to keep pushing for the children,” Lindsey said.
Debbie Beckward, paternal grandmother of Sarah and Jacob, said she has asked the State’s Attorney’s Office if it was considered child endangerment to have left the children with Hoggle without supervision.
“(Hoggle’s father) lets her take Jacob. He knows she’s not supposed to be alone with the kids. She comes back three hours later without Jacob. Now, that’s the story he told me,” Beckward said
Beckward also said she believes there are other people involved in the disappearance of the children. But she said all she would ask of Hoggle is to “do the right thing with the kids”.
“I would tell her, ‘You know you’re sane, you know you’re well, you’ve told the court, they’re not believing you. But you have to do more to let them know because there are two babies you used to love (that are missing),’” Beckward said.
Judge Reed has set the date for the next hearing on the morning of December 12.