Parents Who “Pranked” Their Kids On YouTube Have Lost Custody Of Them!
Mike and Heather Martin, the couple behind YouTube channel DaddyOFive have lost custody of two of their children to their biological mother.
A recent ‘kid’s prank’ video the couple uploaded sparked controversy and outrage with many calling it child abuse. In the video, Heather is seen swearing at Cody after falsely accusing him of pouring ink on his bedroom carpet. Cody was seen crying hysterically and denying the accusations while his parents called him a liar. The videos have since been deleted from their YouTube account.
As the youngest, Cody was a frequent target of his parents’ pranks and appeared to be the most resistant to them, according to popular YouTube commentator Philip DeFranco, who was one of the people who argued that the video amounted to possible child abuse. In another “prank” clip, Cody is seen being shoved into a bookcase.
Since the prank, two children were taken from the couple and given to their biological mother Rose Hall who won temporary custody.
Hall’s attorney, Tim Conlon, said in a video on Monday that the Frederick County Circuit Court had granted her an emergency order for temporary custody of Cody and Emma Martin “so that they’d be safe.”
“It was very heartbreaking and disturbing to see my kids being abused,” Hall said in the video, adding that the children were doing good and “getting back to their playful selves.”
“We went from something that wasn’t so bad and then we kept going more and more for the shock factor versus reality to see what could get more views,” Heather said.
“And the kids kind of feel like some of it is their fault, and it’s not their fault. We’re the parents and we should have made better decisions,” she said.
Heather continued by stating they were now in family counseling “not only to get through the media stuff, but we need to come back together and have everybody, even the kids, to understand what we did wrong in all of this.”
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