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Former family Youtuber Ruby Franke after sentencing in child abuse case, says she was deceived by “dark delusion.”


YouTuber Ruby Franke offers tearful apology to her children at sentencing for child abuse

Ruby Franke, a Utah mother of six who gave parenting advice to millions via a once-popular YouTube channel, shared a tearful apology to her children for physically and emotionally abusing them before a judge delivered a sentence that could put her in prison for decades.

Franke told Judge John J. Walton that she would not argue for a shorter sentence before she stood to thank local police officers, doctors and social workers for being the “angels” who saved her children from her at a time when she says she was under the influence of her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt.

The Utah mental health counsellor, who had been hired to work with Franke’s youngest son before going into business with her, also received four consecutive prison sentences of one to 15 years.

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