Parents Who Were Charged With Child Neglect For “Pranking” Their Kids On YouTube Are Still Making Videos With Their Children

A Maryland-based YouTube couple charged with child neglect for featuring “kids prank” videos that sparked allegations of child abuse are co...

A Maryland-based YouTube couple charged with child neglect for featuring “kids prank” videos that sparked allegations of child abuse are continuing to post content involving three of their children despite being on probation.


Michael and Heather Martin lost custody of 2 of their youngest kids and were sentenced to 5 years of probation on charges of kid neglect in 2017.

The couple was behind the favored DaddyOFive YouTube channel, that sparked widespread criticism and allegations of kid abuse for its videos that includes the Martins “pranking” their 5 kids.

Some of the videos represented the Martins yelling at their kids till they cried, screaming obscenities, and — in one instance — shoving a baby UN agency then got a bloody nose.

Two of the youngest children — then 10-year-old Cody and 11-year-old Emma — were the most frequent targets of the pranks and suffered “mental injury” as a result of the videos, according to psychological evaluations of all five children.


Several complaints filed regarding the videos prompted associate degree investigation by Frederick County authorities. In could 2017, the couple lost custody of promoter and Emma, UN agency ar Michael’s biological youngsters and Heather’s stepchildren.

The couple was charged with 2 counts every of kid neglect.

According to associate degree agreement between their defense lawyer and also the Frederick County prosecuting officer, the Martins entered alleged Alford pleas — a special quite guilty plea that meant that whereas they weren't essentially admitting what they did was lawfully wrong, they united that the state had enough proof to prove guilt going forward.

Under the terms of their ongoing probation, the Martins are not allowed to have contact with Cody and Emma, unless dictated by a judge. They are also not allowed to post videos featuring Cody and Emma on social media.

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