Utah mother sentenced to prison for abusing children after gaining fame from harsh parenting advice

Utah mother sentenced to prison for abusing children after gaining fame from harsh parenting advice

A Utah mother, who gained a massive following on YouTube by giving harsh parenting advice, has been sentenced to four to 60 years in prison for starving and abusing her children. Ruby Franke, 42, pleaded guilty to accusations of neglecting and harming her 12-year-old son, who climbed out of a window at her former business partner’s house and asked for food and water.
By Mike Wendling


Franke, who ran a YouTube channel called 8 Passengers with more than two million subscribers, described withholding meals as a disciplinary measure and “cancelling” Christmas. In one video, one of her sons described sleeping on a bean bag for months at a time as a punishment. Away from the camera, Franke’s children were subjected to even harsher abuse. This included tying them up, beating and kicking them, neglecting to feed them and forcing them to work outdoors in the summer without sunscreen, resulting in serious sunburn.

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Franke and her former business partner Jodi Hildebrandt, 54, were arrested in August 2023 after the boy’s malnourished condition was discovered by police. The judge sentenced both women to serve four terms of one to 15 years each. How much time they will ultimately serve will be determined by the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.

Franke (right) and Hildebrandt (left) appeared in YouTube videos together

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This case has raised questions about the impact of online parenting influencers on vulnerable families and the need for more regulation and accountability in the digital space. It has also highlighted the contrast between Franke’s public image as a “mom of truth” and her private reality as a cruel abuser. At least 69 people have been killed and more than 400 injured since the war beganRuby and Kevin Franke with their six children in 2018

Source : BBC NEWS

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