YouTube parenting advice giver arrested for alleged child abuse

14:25 02.09.2023

In a shocking turn of events, a 41-year-old woman from the United States, once widely known for her parenting advice on YouTube, has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse in the state of Utah. Ruby Franke, the former host of the now-deleted YouTube channel 8 Passengers, which boasted a staggering 2.5 million subscribers, found herself in handcuffs after her emaciated son sought help from a concerned neighbor due to extreme hunger.

The distressing incident unfolded in the southern Utah city of Ivins, where Franke resided with her six children. On Wednesday night, authorities apprehended Franke, along with her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, a 54-year-old woman who has recently appeared in YouTube videos with Franke. These videos were posted by Hildebrandt's counseling business, ConneXions Classroom.

According to the local website, St George News, Franke and Hildebrandt were formally charged on Friday in Washington County. Each of them faces an alarming six counts of aggravated child abuse. The charges against them paint a grim picture of the alleged abuse and neglect endured by Franke's children.

The shocking revelation of Franke's arrest came to light after her malnourished 12-year-old son managed to escape from the dire conditions of his home and sought refuge at a neighbor's house. The young boy's desperate act to find sustenance and assistance triggered a swift response from concerned authorities.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Franke had been residing at the home of Jodi Hildebrandt at the time of her arrest. Hildebrandt, who owns a counseling business focused on teaching people to improve their lives through honesty, responsibility, and humility, now finds herself entangled in this distressing case alongside Franke.

The arrest of these two women has sent shockwaves throughout the community, leaving many questioning how such alleged abuse could occur under the guise of a parenting advice YouTube channel. With millions of subscribers and widespread influence, Franke's online presence appeared to portray a picture-perfect family, but this recent arrest has shattered that illusion.

Authorities are now working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of Franke's children. The legal consequences awaiting Franke and Hildebrandt remain uncertain, but the six counts of aggravated child abuse they face underscore the severity of the accusations against them. As this investigation continues, the community is left grappling with the shocking revelation that even those who appear to have it all may be hiding dark secrets behind closed doors.

/ Saturday, September 2, 2023, 2:25 PM /

themes:  Washington  Utah

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