Utah mommy vlogger Ruby Franke was once best known for her now-defunct YouTube channel, 8Passengers, where she documented family life with her husband and their six children. Now, she and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, face a suite of child-abuse charges after Franke’s malnourished 12-year-old son escaped from a window of Hildebrandt’s home and showed up at a neighbor’s door asking for food and water. The neighbor called police, who later described the boy as emaciated in their affidavit. He allegedly had open wounds on his body and duct tape wound around his ankles and wrists. Investigators also found Franke’s 10-year-old daughter in Hildebrandt’s home, similarly malnourished; according to police, both children appeared to be in her direct care, with Franke’s knowledge.
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