A Montgomery County District Court Judge ruled Thursday that Catherine Hoggle, the mother of two children that went missing over two years ago and charged with neglect, obstruction and hindering, is still not competent to stand trial.
Judge Zuberi Williams’ ruling keeps with previous rulings that Hoggle, who is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, is not competent to stand trial, and is still too dangerous to be released from the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup.
In Maryland, a person has three years to be deemed competent to stand trial, before the state deems him or her permanently incompetent.
Police originally charged Hoggle in September of 2014 after her two children, Jacob Hoggle, 2, and Sarah Hoggle, 3, disappeared. Hoggle, 30, is charged with two counts of neglect of a minor, two counts of detaining a child and one count of obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer.
Williams ruled that Hoggle is still restorable and potentially could stand trial if her condition improves. She will appear again court for another status hearing Aug. 31.
Police originally arrested Hoggle in September 2014 after her two kids disappeared. Since then, Hoggle has had to make many court appearances, where the State has received updates on Hoggle condition and potential that she could stand trial in the future.
After one of her hearings in December, Troy Turner, the father of Hoggle’s missing children said he frustrated about the process to find justice for his children.
“One of the most frustrating things is my kids have no voice here and they’re the victims,” Turner said.
Before her children disappeared, Hoggle said she took her son Jacob to get pizza and dropped him off at a friend’s house according to police and family members. The next morning, Hoggle took Sarah from their family and said she left her at a children’s daycare. Neither child has been seen since.
Lindsey Hoggle, Hoggle’s mother and the grandmother of the missing children said she is still hopeful.
“I am still hopeful, I am very hopeful,” Lindsey Hoggle said. “I know the situation, I’m familiar with enough about my daughter to absolutely believe her when she say that, ‘they’re out there.’” She’s obviously not telling us, but I will continue to look for them until we resolve this mystery.