Months before mother’s arrest blogger, Ruby Frankeas suspected of child abusefellow YouTubers and users had blasted him alarm bells for abusive attitude of said mom. Franke, a 41-year-old Morma mother of six, was arrested last Wednesday after Santa Clara-Ivins police received a dispatch call around 10:50 p.m. from a young man asking for help.
The child was found malnourished and emaciated with “open wounds and tape around the edges.” Police went to the home where the child lived and found another child in a similar condition. Both children were taken to an area hospital.
“I make documentaries and short films about unsolved true cases crimes and social media influencers who abuse their power and manipulate the public, because as I always say, it’s not drama, it’s dangerous,” said YouTuber known as “Swoop” in a video in the past, detailing Franke’s videos and alleged abuse.
One of Franke’s adult daughters, Shari Franke, 20, posted a photo on her Instagram story Thursday showing a police car parked on a suburban street, with the word “Finally”. In another Instagram story that followed, Shari shared a caption: “Hi everyone. Today was a big day. Me and my family are so happy that justice is done. We’ve been trying to tell the police and CPS about this for years, and we’re so glad they’ve finally decided to take action. The children are safe, but there is a long way to go. Please keep them in your prayers and also respect their privacy.”
Franke’s channel “8 Passengers” has amassed 2.5 million subscribers since it launched in early 2015, before Franke switched to a different channel called “ConneXions”.
Ultimately, both Franke and her ConneXions partner, Jodi Hildebrand, were arrested for allegedly child abuse. Months before her arrest, netizens had pointed out her dubious and possibly illegal behavior. In fact, several had long spotted signs that the mom was abusing her kids, showing how the kids told the camera they didn’t want to be filmed, or how the mom captured intimate moments, like a child learning how to shave, as reported by New York Post.
Franke’s neighbors said they had long been concerned about her behavior around children. “We’re all breathing a sigh of relief, because we thought they were going to come out of that house with bags,” a male neighbor told NBC News on condition of anonymity. Neighbors claimed Franke wanted to be a part of their daily lives, including allegedly “teaching” a male neighbor about a poster in his garage of women in their shorts. I remember him saying, “They do not repent properly,” which is a Mormon term for “sinning.” Just complete insanity,” a male neighbor told NBC News.
Even Franke’s family members said they got a new lease of life after knowing the little ones children they were safe for her after her arrest. “I would feel very uncomfortable continuing to post content after my sister was arrested. It feels like a weight has been lifted as we now know that our nieces are safe”, Franke’s sister, Bonnie Hoellein, posted in a since-deleted YouTube video, according to NBC. It is unclear when Franke and Hildebrand will appear in court.
Source: News Beast
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