Catherine Hoggle indicted for murder of her 2 children

Catherine Hoggle indicted for murder of her 2 children

A mother and her two young children had vanished - and the woman's boyfriend was searching for them.

On Thursday, a grand jury charged Hoggle with two counts of murder, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Troy Turner, the father of Sarah Hoggle, 3, and Jacob Hoggle, 2, long believed that his children were still alive, organizing searches for them and passing out fliers. The judge ordered Hoggle to be held without bond and at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital.

The father of two Montgomery County children missing since 2014 has lost hope that they'll someday return home.

In 2014, police charged Hoggle with misdemeanor child neglect, abduction and hinderance in order to put her behind bars while they built a homicide case against her.

Lindsey Hoggle, Hoggle's mother, said at the press conference that she does not believe her grandchildren are dead and said her daughter will answer to the charges against her when she is mentally fit. She was ruled mentally unfit for trial and was being treated at the state facility.

In August, an attorney for Hoggle told a judge he filed a motion to have misdemeanor charges against her dismissed, WTOP reported.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors did not specify the diagnosis of Hoggle's mental condition, but said she has been hospitalized for paranoia and schizophrenia in the past.

McCarthy said the decision to pursue murder charges now was partly a necessity because a person accused of misdemeanors can not be held under medical treatment for more than three years. The issue of competency is really a medical issue.

She was the last person to see them, but has refused to disclose their whereabouts.

The case is complicated by the fact that the two children have never been found.

Hoggle appeared in court via video. Had he won, there is a possibility Hoggle could have been released from the Perkins hospital. They have said that they believe she is restorable. The reports also detail several escape attempts she has made, McCarthy said.

Her lawyer had been expected to argue for the charges against her to be dropped Friday - due to the deadline.

With the more serious charges against her, Hoggle can now remain in psychiatric custody if she is still considered unfit for trial.

"I'm not a doctor". Felsen has filed for dismissal of the previous charges related to this case and a hearing had been scheduled for Friday morning on this matter.

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