September 27, 2023

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Ruby Frank, the influencer who gave advice to parents on YouTube and was arrested for child abuse

Ruby Frank, the influencer who gave advice to parents on YouTube and was arrested for child abuse

A Utah girl What it gave Parent Tips It was once online through a very popular YouTube channel He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated child abuse then what Her malnourished son escaped through a window and ran to a nearby house for helpAccording to officials.

Ruby Frankwhose defunct channel “8 Passengers” followed his familyHe was arrested in the city on Wednesday night Ivins, in southern Utah. He was arrested at home Jody HildebrandOwner of a consulting business, according to him, It teaches people to improve their lives by being honest, responsible and humble.

Franke has recently been featured in YouTube videos with Hildebrand, posted online through her consulting business, ConneXions Classroom. The channel is no longer available.

Franks created a family YouTube channel called “8 Passengers” in 2015 Documented the lives of parents and their six children. I was about 2.3 million subscribers Focused on raising children and their education in Utah.

Ruby Franke was arrested Wednesday night in the southern Utah town of Ivins.

Family channels on YouTube often feature parents raising their young children Controversy platform in recent years. Some parents have They lost custody of their children due to reports of misconductAnd others were criticized Exploiting their children to gain audienceAccording to NBC News.

The Frank family, despite its growing popularity, has faced harsh criticism in recent years, including Allegations of child abuse. In June 2020, local child protective services were called after a petition on called for an investigation into the family. Although investigations were conducted, the case was closed due to lack of evidence, NBC News reported.

In 2015, the Franks created a family YouTube channel called “8 Passengers,” which documented the lives of the parents and their six children. The channel had about 2.3 million subscribers and focused on raising children and their education in Utah.

Frank’s 12-year-old son Hildebrand climbed out the window of the Ivins apartment and ran to a neighbor’s house Wednesday morning and Asked for food and waterAccording to an affidavit filed by a Santa Clara-Ivins Department of Public Safety officer.

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A neighbor saw Duct tape around baby’s ankles and wrists and called the police, the affidavit said. The child was transferred to the hospital, where he was under medical observation “due to Deep wounds caused by being tied with ropes and his malnutrition”, according to arrest records.

Frank’s 10-year-old daughter was found Malnourished According to agents, Hildebrandt was at home and taken to the hospital. Frank’s other two children were in the custody of Child Protective Services, according to the affidavit.

Both Frank and Hildebrand were arrested Suspected of two felony counts of aggravated child abuseAlthough no charges have been filed according to officials.

Ivins, Utah (AP/File via Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune)

A voicemail from a phone directory requesting the arrest of Ruby Frank’s husband was sent to her attorney, Randy S. Sent to Kester. She said Kevin Franke represented her interests in keeping her children together and in her care and could not comment on Ruby’s custody.

A judge on Thursday accepted the detective’s plea to deny the woman bail. The detective cited “The severity of the injuries to her two children located at home.”He told the judge that the Department of Children and Family Services had taken custody of Frank’s four children and that the officer had not yet spoken to two of them.

When the children were found at Hildebrandt’s home, Franke was seen in a YouTube video filmed at Hildebrandt’s home and released two days earlier, which arrest records said he knew was at the home and was abused, malnourished and abandoned. .

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Hildebrandt was also denied bail, according to court records.

(With information from AP)

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