YouTube Parents Lose Custody Of Children After Recording THIS Abusive "Prank"


Most of the times child abuse is carried out in secret, but for Maryland parents Mike and Heather Martin, it was a way to make money - through their YouTube channel "DaddyOfFive."



Mike and Heather considered their videos pranks, but according to many of their viewers, the recorded behaviors toward their children was abuse - abuse that three-quarters of a million subscribers watched regularly - not pranks.




The Martins have recently lost custody of two children, who have been returned to their biological mother, Rose Hall, after the YouTube controversy erupted.

“The kids are in a deprogramming sort of mode in the moment,” added Hall, “They’re doing good. They’re getting back to their playful selves.”

The youngest son, Cody, was usually the target of the taped abuses. In one video, Cody begs to be killed due to the agony he appears to suffer on-camera, saying, “I hate my life, just kill me.”

The final straw, in a video since removed from the YouTube channel, but still available below, was a video where Cody was accused of spilling ink on the carpet and was then viciously berated by the Martins.



An online petition urging Child Protective Services to investigate the couple gained more than 19,000 signatures.

Finally, after countless videos documenting what many call abuse, Mike and Heather Martin lost custody of two of their children—including Cody—and issued an apology video on their channel:


“This has been the absolute worst week of our life,” says Heather in the apology, “We realize we have made some terrible parenting decisions.”

Mike adds, “I understand and acknowledge and respect how everyone feels. We put thing on the internet that should not be there and did things we should not do.”

In an attempt to justify their YouTube channel, Heather eluded to the hundreds of thousands of dollars they reportedly made, “We could give them a whole lot more than we could before. We just felt like we were doing the best thing we could for them.”

On Twitter, Mike wrote, “I’m sorry everyone but I have taken down/demonetized all videos my family’s safety is more important than fake videos.”





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