Ruby Franke, vlogger behind 8 Passengers YouTube channel, arrested on child abuse charges


Ruby Franke, the Utah mama behind the now-defunct household YouTube channel “8 Passengers,” was detained Wednesday on kid abuse charges after authorities discovered a malnourished small with open injuries and duct tape on their extremities, authorities revealed.

Franke’s company partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, was likewise jailed on the very same charges. The 2 frequently work together on relationship and parenting guidance videos for Hildebrandt’s life therapy service ConneXions. ConneXions has actually been slammed in the past for its mentors about parenting, consisting of focusing on the company’s “concepts of fact” over an individual’s kids.

Ruby Franke speaks during an Instagram video posted to her @moms_of_truth account.
Ruby Franke speaks in an Instagram video published to her @moms_of_truth account. @moms_of_truth by means of Instagram

The Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department stated in a news release Thursday that it got a report about a juvenile in requirement of assistance at 10: 50 a.m. Wednesday early morning.

The juvenile was referred to as “emaciated and malnourished, with open injuries and duct tape around the extremities.”

” The condition of the juvenile was so extreme that they were seen by Santa Clara-Ivins EMS and transferred to a city medical facility,” journalism release stated.

Evidence led officers to a close-by house where another juvenile was discovered in comparable condition and required to a regional health center for treatment, the release stated. 4 minors were taken into the care of the Department of Child and Family Services following a search of the house where the emaciated juveniles were discovered.

Franke and Hildebrandt were then detained in connection with the event, the release stated. The 2 are still in custody, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Representatives for Franke and Hildebrandt did not right away react to NBC News ask for remark. The Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Department likewise did not instantly react to an ask for remark.

Ruby Franke, right, and business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, speaks during an Instagram video posted to her @moms_of_truth account.
Ruby Franke, right, and company partner Jodi Hildebrandt speaks in an Instagram video published to their @moms_of_truth account. @moms_of_truth through Instagram

Franke increased to prominence in 2015 through the 8 Passengers YouTube channel, which included her partner Kevin and 6 kids. The channel had a following of almost 2.3 million customers prior to it was removed previously this year. It’s uncertain why the channel was gotten rid of from YouTube.

The Frankes’ rigorous parenting design has actually led some audiences to report them to authorities. In June 2020, some audiences called regional kid protective services on the moms and dads after their then-15- year-old kid Chad stated in a video that he had actually slept on a beanbag for 7 months, according to Insider Ruby Franke informed the outlet at the time that the sleeping plan was Chad’s “option” after being gotten rid of from his shared space with his more youthful sibling for behavioral concerns.

Ruby Franke has actually likewise dealt with reaction for videos in which she declined to bring her then-6-year-old lunch after the kid forgot to load food and threatened to get rid of her kids’s treasured ownerships.

Eldest child Shari Franke, 20, published about her mom’s arrest to her Instagram Story on Wednesday night. Shari Franke, who formerly published that she was not in contact with her instant household, shared a picture of law enforcement officer with the caption, “Finally.”

In another Instagram Story post, Shari Franke composed, “Hello all. Today has actually been a wedding day. Me and my household are so delighted justice is being served. We’ve been attempting to inform the cops and CPS for several years about this, therefore pleased they lastly chose to step up.”

” Kids are safe, however there’s a long roadway ahead,” she continued in her post. “Please keep them in your prayers and likewise appreciate their personal privacy.”

She likewise published a demand to her fans to share “any doubtful or worrying ConneXions or 8Passengers videos” with her on Thursday. Shari Franke did not right away react to ask for remark.

Elle Mechem, Julie Griffiths Deru and Bonnie Hoellein, 3 females who state they are Ruby Franke’s siblings and who are likewise household influencers, shared a joint Instagram post stating her arrest “required to take place.”

” For the previous 3 years, we have actually kept peaceful on the topic of our sis Ruby Franke for the sake of her kids,” the post read. “Behind the general public scene we have actually done whatever we might to attempt and ensure the kids were safe.”

Mechem, Deru and Hoellein did not instantly react to ask for remark.

In Utah, intensified kid abuse is specified as an act that “causes upon a kid major physical injury” or “triggers or allows another to cause severe physical injury upon a kid.”

CORRECTION ( Aug. 31, 2023, 3: 45 p.m. ET): A previous variation of this post misstated the name of a firm. It is the Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department, not Santa Clara-Ivans Public Safety Department.

Daysia Tolentino

Daysia Tolentino is a culture and patterns press reporter for NBC News.

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