|Machelle Hackney Hobson|
|Died||November 12, 2019 (aged 48–50)|
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
|Origin||Maricopa, Arizona, U.S.|
|Occupation||YouTube personality, comedian, director|
|Subscribers||Channel terminated (800,726 at peak)|
Last updated: March 20, 2019
The Fantastic Adventures scandal was a 2019 scandal in involving the YouTube channel Fantastic Adventures, run by Machelle Hackney Hobson of Maricopa, Arizona, United States. The scandal began when one of Hobson's biological children contacted the police after witnessing her adopted siblings (Felipe, Summer, Elijah, Hailey, Jacob, Grayson and one unidentified child) being systematically abused by her mother. Fantastic Adventures gained worldwide media attention because of Hobson's motive of abuse towards the adopted children.
On June 17, 2012, Machelle Hackney Hobson created a YouTube channel, Fantastic Adventures, which would feature videos starring her seven adopted children. The channel ultimately attracted more than 800 thousand subscribers, more than 350 million views, and netted at least tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.
In 2017, a child that was involved in Hobson's videos was seen streaking through the neighborhood, raising suspicions among the neighbors. According to the Arizona Department of Child Safety, she was investigated 9 times, but no proof of abuse was found.
In March 2019, after receiving a tip from Hobson's biological adult daughter, Megan Hobson, police visited the Hobson home for a welfare check. The police found that the children appeared to be malnourished, and several of the children reported that Hobson had subjected them to abuse: one daughter said that Hobson had once pepper sprayed her vagina, and a son reported that Hobson had subjected him to beatings and pinched the tip of his penis with her nails until it bled. The children reported that Hobson would frequently abuse them if they refused to perform in a Fantastic Adventures video or if their performance did not meet Hobson's standards.
Hobson was detained along with her biological sons, Logan and Ryan, who were arrested in relation to their failure to report their mother's abuse but were ultimately not charged.
In May 2019, Hobson suffered a non-trauma-related brain injury at Pinal County Jail, and she was transferred to a local hospital. Her health subsequently deteriorated, and a judge declared her "incompetent to stand trial but restorable"—a designation that gave state officials 15 months to restore Hobson to legal competency. Instead, Hobson died in a Scottsdale hospital on November 12, 2019, and the charges against her were dismissed as a result of her passing. All seven children were removed from the home and placed into foster care after Hobson's death, and Fantastic Adventures's earnings were sent to the children who had appeared on the channel.