After being charged with six counts of child abuse last week, Utah mommy blogger Ruby Franke, who makes a fortune producing lifestyle and parenting videos on YouTube with her business partner Jodi Hilderbrandt, had her initial court appearance on Friday.
According to Fox News, In connection with the alleged mistreatment of two children, Utah mommy blogger Franke and Hildebrandt, who managed the well-known parenting and lifestyle advice blog ConneXions Classroom on YouTube, have each been charged with six counts of child abuse.
After Santa Clara police got a dispatch call at around 10:50 p.m. on August 30, the Utah mommy blogger were taken into custody. According to a press release from the police, a young person had asked for assistance.
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Utah mommy blogger Franke and Hilderbrandt were ordered by Judge Eric Gentry to remain in custody without bond until a bail hearing is held on September 21 at the court hearing on Friday.
According to Yahoo News, based from court records, one of Utah mommy blogger Franke’s six children reportedly left Hildebrandt’s home in Ivins through a window and requested assistance from a neighbor. According to a probable cause affidavit from the Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department, the neighbor noticed “duct tape” wrapped around the little victim’s “ankles and wrists” and called the police.
Upon arrival at Hildebrandt’s residence, police noticed that the child had “wounds” and was severely malnourished, so they took him to a nearby hospital for treatment. He “was placed on a medical hold due to his deep lacerations from being tied up with rope and from his malnourishment,” the affidavit states.
After the first youngster called the authorities, law enforcement discovered another emaciated child belonging to Utah mommy blogger Franke inside Hildebrandt’s house. The statement claims that although the boy “initially refused medical” aid, they subsequently took him to the hospital.