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Ruby Franke, also known as 8 Passengers, became well-known on YouTube as an American family vlogger. She was born in 1982. However, things went bad in her life, and she was taken into custody in Washington County, Utah, on August 30, 2023. Four of the six serious child abuse allegations against Franke have been resolved by her guilty plea, and her sentencing date is February 20, 2024.
Beginning in 2015, Ruby Franke and her spouse Kevin started the 8 Passengers YouTube channel to give followers a glimpse into the life of their six-child family in Utah. By June 2020, the channel had one billion views and around 2.5 million users. However, concerns about Franke’s severe penalties, which included unpleasant actions like starving her kids and threatening them, started to surface in 2020.
As the inquiry became more thorough, a Change.org petition alleging child abuse and neglect was created. Ruby and Kevin Franke contended that the incidents were misconstrued as justification for their disciplinary actions. Despite its greatest efforts, the 8 Passengers channel’s popularity declined in 2021. Ruby decided to shut down the YouTube channel following the couple’s 2022 breakup and Kevin Franke’s move out.
Ruby Franke began working as a mental health coach at Jodi Nan Hildebrandt’s counseling company, ConneXions, following her divorce. In 2022, they collaborated to launch a brand-new YouTube channel and maintained the parenting advice-focused Instagram account Moms of Truth. When neighbors and the Frankes’ oldest daughter complained that Ruby had left the youngsters alone at home, authorities looked into the children’s safety.
On August 30, 2023, Ruby Franke and Jodi Nan Hildebrandt were arrested in Ivins, Utah, and charged with six counts of serious child abuse. Franke was taken into custody following a terrible incident in which his famished 12-year-old son went to a neighbor’s home to beg for help. After an investigation that revealed severe malnourishment and injuries, Franke was forced to take many of the kids out of her care.
Ruby Franke and Jodi Nan Hildebrandt are being held in jail without having the ability to pay bail. Following the September 2023 virtual hearings, a status review hearing was postponed. While the situation was being investigated, Hildebrandt resigned her license to practice counseling. YouTube banned Franke from the platform and deleted channels related to her after her arrest.
On December 18, 2023, Ruby Franke submitted guilty pleas on four counts and not guilty pleas on two counts of serious child abuse. The extensive body of evidence included claims that the children were possessed and descriptions of her son’s horrific sunburns. Franke’s next trial is scheduled for February 20, 2024, and it is expected that she will provide evidence against Hildebrandt.
Who are Ruby Franke’s Family?
Ruby Franke’s family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Franke has three sisters and six children.