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Catherine Hoggle Remains Unable to Stand Trial



The wheels of justice continue to spin but do not move forward when it comes to the case of Catherine Hoggle. She was in Montgomery County District Court Tuesday morning where she was once again deemed not competent to stand trial and participate in her defense on misdemeanor charges of child neglect and obstructing and hindering an investigation after going missing in Germantown with her two young children, Jacob, and Sarah, in September of 2014.

Hoggle has been at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center. The children remain missing, and Montgomery County Police and the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Office are continuing to pursue homicide charges against Hoggle, which will move the case from the District Court to the Circuit Court, but those charges have yet to be filed.

Hoggle appeared in court this morning in a tan button-down shirt and tortoise-shell rimmed glasses. She did not speak in court and remained handcuffed the entire time.


District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe again declared Hoggle not competent based on the mental evaluations by doctors at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital. Judge Wolfe said that, once again, the doctors believe that that Hoggle’s mental capacity can be restored. As such, Judge Wolfe ordered another status hearing to be held on September 27.

“There was a report issued by the doctors at Perkins, the court accepted the report determining that Ms. Hoggle is still incompetent,” said Hoggle’s attorney David Felsen outside the courthouse in Rockville after the hearing. “I think it is fair to say that there has not been substantial chang. We are dealing with profound mental health issues here, and things change over the course of time, there is a period of ti