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YouTuber Who Gave Parenting Advice Faces Jail Term Of 60 Years For Abusing Own Children

Ruby Franke was charged with six felony counts of aggravated child abuse.

Ruby Franke, a former YouTube vlogger known for giving parenting advice to millions online, has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges and was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison on Tuesday. Independent.

Franke, a mother of six, broke down in tears while addressing the courtroom before Judge Richard Christofferson sentenced her to four consecutive terms of one to 15 years. These sentences stem from four child abuse charges to which she pleaded guilty in December, according to reports. newspaper.

The charges relate to the abuse of Franke’s two children, ages 9 and 11 at the time, including psychological manipulation, starvation and isolation. Prosecutors described the victims’ living conditions as “concentration camp-like” and called them a serious threat to the community.

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Franke’s former business partner, Jody Hildebrandt, who was also involved in the abuse, received the same sentence.

“The children were regularly denied food, water, a bed to sleep in, and virtually all entertainment,” said Utah prosecutor Eric Clark.

Franke wept in court as she received the verdict. She apologized to her children, saying, “I was so confused that I believed darkness was light and right was wrong.”

“I believe this world is an evil place full of controlling cops, hospitals that hurt people, government agencies that brainwash people, church leaders who lie and lust, husbands who won’t protect you, and children who need to be abused. “I was led to believe that,” she said. she said.

In August 2023, Ruby Franke and Jody Hildebrandt were arrested following an incident involving Franke’s malnourished 12-year-old son. The boy escaped through a window at the Hildebrandt home in Ivins, Utah, and called for help from neighbors for food and water. Police records say the child suffered lacerations from being restrained with rope.

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