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Prominent YouTuber Mom and Co-Host Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

Ruby Franke, the popular YouTuber mom from Utah known for running the "8 Passengers" channel, is now under arrest following allegations of child abuse. Ruby, alongside Jodi Hildebrandt, her business collaborator on relationship and parenting advice videos, has been apprehended on charges of child abuse.

The arrest comes after authorities discovered a minor in a severely emaciated state, suffering from malnutrition, open wounds, and with duct tape wrapped around their extremities. This report emerges from a statement issued by the Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department on Thursday.

Upon further investigation, a second minor was found in a near similar condition and was immediately taken to a local hospital for urgent medical care. Four other minors found at the residence have since been placed under the protective watch of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Ruby and Hildebrandt remain in custody at the time of reporting, according to information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. The Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Department have so far declined to comment on the situation.

The "8 Passengers" YouTube channel, which projected Ruby into the spotlight in 2015, featured her husband Kevin and their six children. The channel grew to amass nearly 2.3 million subscribers before being abruptly taken down earlier this year.

Despite Ruby's controversial parenting approach causing some viewers to report her to authorities, she continued to make videos. Her eldest daughter, Shari Franke, has publicly posted about her mother's arrest on Instagram, expressing relief at the action taken and seeking prayers for the rocky journey ahead.

The charges stem from Utah State's definition of aggravated child abuse, which involves inflicting severe harm on a child or allowing others to do the same.

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