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YouTube Vlogger Ruby Franke Charged With Six Counts of Felony Child Abuse

YouTube vlogger Ruby Franke was charged with six counts of felony child abuse on Wednesday, a week after her arrest. #RubyFranke

Franke is the vlogger behind the parenting YouTube channel, 8 Passengers, where she documented her life with her husband, Kevin, and their parenting methods for her six children.

Franke’s 12-year-old son allegedly escaped out of a window at the home of her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, in Ivins, Utah on August 30. Hildebrandt was also arrested.

Franke’s YouTube channel, which had nearly 2.3 million subscribers, was shut down earlier this year and viewers criticized the videos, condemning her strict parenting techniques and threatening to take away meals from her children. Franke and Hildebrandt collaborated on a mental health counseling service, ConneXions, which was also criticized for advising parents to use shame-based learning and telling parents to teach their children to shun people who don’t uphold their same values.

Franke and Hildebrandt are being held by the Washington County Sherrif’s Office, according to an inmate roster, and are expected to appear in court on Friday. They are accused of jeopardizing the lives of the two children by starvation or malnutrition, inflicting multiple physical injuries or torture, and causing severe emotional harm to the two children. The county attorney told NBC that the pair face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine per charge.



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