A Utah woman what did it give parenting tips online through a once very popular YouTube channel has been Arrested on suspicion of aggravated child abuse after what his malnourished son escaped through a window and ran to a nearby house for helpaccording to the authorities.
Ruby Frankewhose defunct channel “8 Passengers” followed his familywas arrested on Wednesday night in the city of ivins, in southern Utah. She was arrested at home jodi hildebrandtowner of a consulting business that, according to her, teaches people to improve their lives by being honest, responsible and humble.
Franke has recently been featured in YouTube videos with Hildebrandt that were posted online by her counseling business, ConneXions Classroom. The channel is no longer available.
The Frankes created the family YouTube channel “8 Passengers” in 2015, which documented the lives of the parents and their six children. she was about 2.3 million subscribers and focused on raising children and their education in Utah.
Family channels on YouTube, which often feature parents raising their young children, have generated controversy on the platform in recent years. Some parents have lost custody of their children due to reports of concerning behaviorand others have been criticized for exploit their children to get visitsaccording to NBCNews.
The Franke family, despite its growing popularity, has faced severe criticism in recent years, including child abuse allegations. In June 2020, local child protective services were called after a petition on Change.org calling for an investigation into the family. Although investigations were conducted, the case was closed due to a lack of supporting evidence, according to NBC News.
Franke’s 12-year-old son climbed out of a window of the Hildebrandt residence in Ivins and ran to a neighbor’s house Wednesday morning and asked for food and wateraccording to an affidavit filed by an officer with the Santa Clara-Ivins Department of Public Safety.
the neighbor saw duct tape on child’s ankles and wrists and called the police, the affidavit states. The child was transferred to a hospital, where he remained under medical observation “due to the deep lacerations that he presented from having been tied with a rope and his malnutrition”, according to the arrest records.
Franke’s 10-year-old daughter was found malnourished at Hildebrandt’s home and was also taken to the hospital, according to agents. Franke’s two other children were in the custody of child protective services, according to the affidavit.
Both Franke and Hildebrandt were arrested as suspected of two felony charges of aggravated child abusealthough no charges have been filed, according to authorities.
A voicemail left on a phone listing for Ruby Franke’s husband seeking comment on the arrest was forwarded to his attorney, Randy S. Kester. He said he was representing Kevin Franke’s interests in keeping his children together and in his care and that he could not comment on Ruby’s arrest.
A judge on Thursday granted the detective’s request that the woman be denied bail. The detective quoted “the seriousness of the injuries of his two children located in the house”telling the judge that the Department of Children and Family Services had taken four of Franke’s children into custody and that the officer had not yet spoken to two of them.
While the children were found at Hildebrandt’s home, Franke had been seen in a YouTube video filmed at Hildebrandt’s home and posted two days earlier, indicating that he was present at the residence and had knowledge of the abuse, malnutrition and abandonment, the arrest records said.
Hildebrandt was also denied bail, according to court records.
(With information from AP)
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