Ruby Franke, known for the family YouTube channel 8 Passengers, was arrested on child abuse charges. Alongside her collaborator Jodi Hildebrandt from ConneXions, Franke faces allegations after a malnourished child with injuries and duct tape was discovered.
Ruby and Kevin Franke launched 8 Passengers in 2015, a popular family YouTube channel showcasing their parenting journey with six children. With over 2.3 million subscribers, the channel focused on family life, homeschooling, and upbringing in Utah.
Critics accused Ruby Franke of abusive parenting. A 2020 petition led to Child Protective Services investigating a video where a child slept on a bean bag as punishment. Allegations of child abuse swirled, leading to a spotlight on their parenting choices.
Partnering with Jodi Hildebrandt's ConneXions intensified controversy. The life counseling service advocated strict parenting methods, raising concerns. Franke's involvement as a "certified mental fitness trainer" in ConneXions raised questions about their parenting ideologies.
Franke's recent arrest on child abuse charges sparked reactions. Malnourished children with injuries and duct tape prompted arrests. While taken to the hospital, four minors were placed under child protective services. Franke's daughter, Shari Franke, expressed relief and acknowledged the challenges ahead.
Ruby Franke's case highlights debates on family vlogging, child exploitation, and parenting methods on social media. The incident emphasizes content creators' responsibilities and minors' protection. The unfolding case underscores ethical complexities within online family influencers.