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Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt Sentenced for Child Abuse

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Parenting influencer Ruby Franke and partner Jodi Hildebrandt received prison sentences for aggravated child abuse. Franke and Hildebrandt, from the “8 Passengers” channel, face up to 30 years in prison, capped by Utah law from a potential 60.

The sentencing follows their guilty pleas to four counts of aggravated child abuse involving Franke’s children. The case gained attention for Franke’s role as a parenting advisor and the extreme abuse involved.

The Sentencing

Franke and Hildebrandt received 1-15 year sentences for four counts, with a maximum of 60 years.

However, due to Utah state law, their sentences will not exceed 30 years. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole will ultimately determine the duration of their incarceration.

The Abuse

The abuse came to light after Franke’s malnourished 12-year-old son escaped from Hildebrandt’s residence and sought help from a neighbor.

The boy, found emaciated with duct-taped wounds, led to discoveries of Franke’s children facing severe abuse, including deprivation of food, water, and shelter.

They were also physically restrained, forced to perform strenuous tasks, and told they were evil and needed to repent.

Franke’s Apology and Hildebrandt’s Statement

During the sentencing, Franke tearfully apologized to her children, expressing regret for the harm she caused.

Franke admitted to being coerced into abusing her children and thanked authorities for their rescue. Hildebrandt wished for the children’s healing but didn’t fully apologize, noting her plea deal was to avoid a trial for the children.

Background and Fallout

Franke gained fame through her “8 Passengers” YouTube channel, where she shared her parenting style with over two million followers. The channel was eventually deleted following backlash over her controversial parenting methods. Franke’s husband, Kevin Franke, has filed for divorce.

This case has sparked discussions about the ethics of family vlogging and the potential for abuse in such settings. It emphasizes the need for vigilance and intervention to protect children from abuse, despite their parents’ public images.

Conclusion

The sentencing of Franke and Hildebrandt underscores the fight against child abuse in social media and family vlogging, reminding parents, guardians, and society of their duty to protect children.

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