Two of Ruby Franke’s sisters have spoken out on social media following the Utah YouTuber’s. Arrest this week on allegations of child abuse after it discover that a youngster had duct tape on their extremities, open wounds, and symptoms of malnutrition.
Bonnie Hoellein, Ruby Franke’s sister, published a YouTube video on Friday titled “My Statement on My Sister Ruby Franke.” A Friday morning link to the video led to a page a few hours later, with the notification “Video not available.” It wasn’t apparent if Hoellein or YouTube had taken down the video.
In the description of the video, Hoellein said, “It would feel very out of place for me to continue posting my regular content after the arrest of my sister.” Since we now know that our nieces and nephews are safe, it feels as though a weight been lift.
After the Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department received a report about a juvenile in need of assistance. Franke, the matriarch behind the “8 Passengers” YouTube channel. Where she and husband Kevin Franke shared. How they parented their six children, was taken into custody on Wednesday, the department said in a news release on Thursday.
The youngster brought by emergency medical services to a nearby hospital after being discover “emaciate and malnourish, with open wounds and duct tape around the extremities,” according to the release, which didn’t name the child.
The same accusations led to the arrest of Jodi Hildebrandt, Franke’s constant collaborator and business partner.
A request for comment from Franke not immediately complie with. It wasn’t apparent if she had hired a lawyer. Multiple emails seeking comment from Randy Kester, the lawyer for Kevin Franke, did not receive a prompt response. Multiple requests for comment from Hildebrandt went unanswered.
YouTube acknowledged on Friday night that it had deleted two accounts connected to Franke, though it did not name the accounts in its email message to NBC News.