YouTuber Ruby Franke’s mother has been charged with six counts of child molestation after her 12-year-old son was found with open wounds and tape on his limbs.
Ruby, 41, fho, who runs the YouTube page 8 Passengers, was arrested on August 30 along with his business partner Jodi Hildebrandt on two counts of serious child molestation.
The Mormon mother’s son climbed out of a window of Hildebrandt’s home and ran to a neighbor for help, according to an affidavit from NBC Conditions.
In addition to his wounds, the boy was found in an emaciated condition. The 10-year-old daughter of Ruby and her husband Kevin Franke was found in a similar condition.
Hildebrandt is also charged with six counts of child abuse in Washington County, Utah. Each charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
YouTuber mom Ruby Franke (pictured) has been charged with six counts of child molestation after her 12-year-old son was found with open wounds and tape on his limbs
Ruby, her husband and their six children rose to fame in 2015 after she began sharing videos on YouTube that gave an insight into her life as a Mormon mother of six
Ruby Franke (left), who ran the now-defunct broadcaster 8 Passengers, was arrested August 30 along with her business partner Jodi Hildebrandt (right).
When Ruby’s children were discovered, authorities said Russell, 12, and Eve, 10, were so malnourished they had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Investigators said a search found “evidence consistent with markings found on the youth” inside the home.
The woman’s other four children — Shari, Chad, Abby and Julie — were taken away by the Utah Department of Children and Family Services.
In a statement to NBC News, the Washington County attorney said the two women are believed to have caused or allowed “grievous bodily harm” in three ways.
“(1) a combination of multiple physical injuries or torture, (2) starvation or malnutrition that endangers life, and (3) severe emotional damage,” they said.
Both women remain in custody as of Sept. 5, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.
Ruby and her business partner will next appear in court on September 8th.
The Mormon first gained notoriety for her strict parenting style, which exploded on YouTube and earned her “millions,” she claimed.
She has gained more than 2.2 million subscribers from documenting her daily social media activities alongside her husband Kevin.
The couple stopped uploading videos in January 2022 and the page was completely removed from the site earlier in the year.
When asked why she quit YouTube months later, she said she decided to stop uploading videos because she wanted to “save her kids.”
Jody Hildebrandt’s home in Ivins, Utah, seen Friday
This is the house Russell Franke reportedly fled from for help
Ruby Franke is seen with her four daughters: Shari (red coat), Eve (grey dress), Julie (pink coat) and Abby (black coat)
The family exploded on social media after they started posting videos in 2015
In July, she was held accountable online after a video surfaced of her allowing Eve to go hungry after the young girl forgot to cook her own lunch before school.
In a video released in 2020, Ruby said her daughter’s teacher texted her, telling her the child had nothing to eat for lunch.
She said all of her children are responsible for preparing their own lunches in the morning, so she wouldn’t bring food over to Eve to teach her a lesson.
Franke said: “My hope.” [is that] She’ll be hungry and come home and say, “It was really painful to be hungry all day. I will make sure I always have something for lunch.”
“The natural result is that she just has to starve.”
It was this parenting style that helped the woman garner a large following on YouTube and put herself and her family in the spotlight.
Following her arrest, one of Ruby’s adult children took to social media to say that she was happy her mother was finally getting justice.
In an Instagram Story following her mother’s arrest, Shari, 20, celebrated her mother’s arrest and said she had “tried to tell the police and the CPS about this for years.”
Shari also said she was “so glad they finally decided to get involved” and that her siblings are safe, DailyMail.com reported.
The 20-year-old shared a picture of police officers outside the family’s Springville, Utah home with the caption, “Finally.”
Ruby once came under fire for revealing her daughter Eve, then six, was “starving” because the little girl neglected to cook her own lunch before school
Ruby in a video with her eldest son Chad
Ruby Franke’s home in Springville, Utah is seen Saturday
Ruby’s eldest daughter Shari, 20, posted about her mother’s arrest on Instagram and shared a picture of police officers outside the house with the caption “Finally.”
On Sunday, DailyMail.com spotted Kevin outside his home for the first time since his wife and her business partner were arrested last week.
Kevin was seen pacing the property when a man came to remove YouTube branding from a van parked in front of the house.
The man is said to have been evicted from the family home last year.
He said last week that after the arrests he was “trying to keep his kids together.”
Kevin’s attorney, Randy S. Kester, told Page Six that his client’s “primary concern is to keep his children together under his father’s care.”
Neighbors said they were concerned for the children’s welfare and once saw the children pulling weeds outside for hours in the three-degree heat.
DailyMail.com spoke to one of Hildebrandt’s neighbors, whose home is also in the Kayenta Community at the foot of the Red Mountains in Ivins, Utah.
They recalled seeing Franke’s van, which was regularly parked in front of the house at the time, and had a sticker and license plate that read “8 passengers.”
“One thing we noticed and we told the police the same thing: six to eight weeks ago when it was very hot, I was out late mornings and afternoons pulling weeds, and at Jodi’s house there were also several children in front of hers house and pulled weeds.
“During the day it was over 40 degrees and after a while I gave up because it was so hot, but I noticed that the children stayed outside,” explained the neighbor.
On Sunday, DailyMail.com spotted Kevin outside his home for the first time since his wife and her business partner were arrested last week
Kevin Franke was seen pacing outside his home in Springville, Utah on Saturday
Franke’s 8 Passengers van with an 8PSNGRS license plate
After Kevin left the family home, a neighbor said the children appeared to be out of school.
Neighbors said one of the daughters often knocked on the doors of other houses in the neighborhood where children lived, asking to be allowed to play while the others were at school.
“She just knocked on your door and said, ‘Hi, can your kids play?’ And we’re like, ‘Well, they’re at school. They won’t be home for three or four hours.” And she would say, “I’ll wait.” “She’s like that lost child,” said the neighbor.
“I’m really angry because I spoke up.” Other people spoke up and nothing happened, explained another (female) neighbor.
“I want these kids to know that the community loves them and wants them to be safe,” she said.