Ruby Franke

Who is Ruby Franke? Her Parents, Husband, Children

Ruby Franke is a former vlogger and parenting influencer. She used to run the Youtube Channel 8passengers where she documented the daily life of her family including her husband and children. Ruby’s strict parenting of her children led to her viewers condemning her. Her channel at the time was gaining popularity and had risen to over 2 million subscribers. The channel and any other channel related to her were deleted from YouTube when her child abuse charges became public.

Ruby Franke’s Family and Siblings

Franke is 41 years old as of 2023. She was born on January 18, 1982, in Utah to her parents Jennifer and Chad Griffiths. She is the eldest among her siblings Bonnie Hoellein, Beau Griffiths, Ellie Mecham, and Julie Deru.

All her siblings are social media personalities, vloggers, and parenting influencers. As Ruby’s case was ongoing, her sisters released a joint statement distancing themselves from her actions. They claimed that they did not know what Ruby was doing to her children as she cut her family off from them.

Is Ruby Franke Married? Children

Franke and her ex-husband Kevin Franke have six children Shari, Chad, Abby, Julie, Russell, and Eve. Kevin Franke works at Brigham Young University as an assistant professor of civil engineering. According to court documents, Ruby and Kevin had separated for 13 months and moved out before filing for a divorce in December 2023.

Ruby Franke’s Children and their Ages

Shari Franke – 20 years  born March 3, 2003
Chad Franke -18 years born February 2, 2005
Abby Franke – 16 years born April 14, 2007
Julie Franke – 14 years born January 11, 2009
Russell Franke – 12 years born July 2011
Eve Franke – 10 years born September 1, 2013

Ruby Franke

Ruby Franke Youtube

Ruby opened the YouTube channel 8 Passengers in January 2015 which consisted of her, her husband, and their six children. Their channel began going viral as she documented her daily life with her family. She posted new videos every weekday at 6 am.

8 Passengers reached 1 million subscribers in August 2017 and 2.2 million subscribers by 2020. Her viral videos titled “So Am I Sick?” and “BABY climbs out of crib!!!” brought attention to her channel.

Ruby Franke Story and Update

Ruby who came to a plea deal with prosecutors faced accusations of starving and abusing her children after her son escaped a Utah home. Franke said she pleaded guilty “with my deepest regret and sorrow for my family and my children”. She will testify against a former business partner and collaborator.

The former YouTube star – who once boasted more than two million subscribers for her parenting blog – wore a white and grey-striped jail jumpsuit as she entered her guilty plea on Monday. Franke is scheduled to be sentenced on 20 February 2024.

She was arrested in August at the home of her former business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, after her malnourished son escaped from the house in Ivins, Utah, and asked a neighbor for food and water.

Ms Hildebrandt, 54 was also arrested and charged with child abuse. Franke appeared in YouTube videos posted by Ms. Hildebrandt – a counselor and life coach – on her site, ConneXions Classroom.

In a statement shared with US media, a lawyer for Franke cast blame on Ms. Hildebrandt, alleging she had led Franke “astray”.

“Over an extended period, Ms Hildebrandt systematically isolated Ruby Franke from her extended family, older children, and her husband, Kevin Franke,” Winward Law said in the statement. “This prolonged isolation resulted in Ms Franke being subjected to a distorted sense of morality.”

Winward Law, Ms Hildebrandt’s attorney, and prosecutors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Franke’s 12 son told officers that Ms Hildebrandt put ropes on his ankles and wrists before he escaped her home in August, according to court records. The boy had to be taken to the hospital “due to his deep lacerations from being tied up with rope and from his malnourishment”, officials said at the time.

A second child, Franke’s daughter, was also found malnourished and taken to a hospital once authorities were involved. Ultimately, four of her children were placed in state custody. Franke became YouTube famous in 2015 for her channel called 8 Passengers which discussed the parenting of her six children. The channel was deactivated earlier this year.

As her fame grew, Franke faced a backlash over her strict parenting measures. She described withholding meals as a disciplinary measure, and her son claimed to have slept on a bean bag for months as a form of punishment.

 

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