Update on Catherine Hoggle, The Montgomery County Woman Charged With The Murder of Her Two Young Children Who Have Been Missing Since 2014

State’s Attorney John McCarthy today provided an update on defendant, Catherine Hoggle, the mother charged with murder of her two young children, Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, who have been missing since 2014. The State asked for the judge to voir dire (question) Catherine Hoggle in order to assist in the court’s determination of her competency. Judge Jordan invited both the State and the defense to submit questions for him to potentially include if he does speak with the defendant. He also indicated that he would be interested in hearing from witnesses. The hearing was continued. Preliminarily, a date of October 7th was discussed, but still needs to be confirmed. The recorded live stream of State’s Attorney John McCarthy and Troy Turner (the father of Sarah and Jacob Hoggle) speaking following today’s hearing is available here: https://fb.watch/eHVquF99du/

Background of the case, per the Maryland Court of Special Appeals: Catherine Hoggle is the mother of Sarah Hoggle and Jacob Hoggle. According to the State, the two children were last seen in the care of their mother on September 7, 2014. At that time, Sarah was five years old, and Jacob was three years old. Hoggle was arrested three days after the children disappeared. Officers interrogated her for several hours, but they did not learn the location of the children.

Within one week of the arrest, the State filed a series of charging documents against Hoggle in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. First, the State charged her with two counts of neglect of a minor. Next, the State charged her with one count of obstruction of justice. Finally, the State charged her with two counts of abduction or unlawful detention of a child by a relative. An evaluator from the Health Department examined Hoggle, who had a history of schizophrenia. The evaluator concluded that Hoggle was incompetent to stand trial at that time.

On January 10, 2015, the district court found that Hoggle was incompetent to stand trial and ordered that she be committed at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital. As required by statute, the district court periodically reviewed the issue of Hoggle’s competency. On nine occasions from the date of commitment until September 2017, the district court found that Hoggle remained incompetent and that she continued to meet the criteria for commitment.

At a separate proceeding in March 2016, about 18 months after the initiation of the 3 misdemeanor case in the district court, a prosecutor informed the court that the State planned to charge Hoggle with the murders of her two children. The prosecutor said that the State had decided to delay the indictment so that the grand jury might be available, if needed, to investigate the disappearance of the two children. According to the prosecutor, once the State obtained an indictment, the State would no longer be able to use the grand jury as an investigative entity.

On September 14, 2017, the State dismissed all charges against Hoggle in district court by entering a nolle prosequi. On the same day, the State obtained an indictment charging her in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County with first-degree murder of Sarah Hoggle and first-degree murder of Jacob Hoggle.

More information about the case can be seen here.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

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