YouTube Couple Loses Custody of Children After Child Abuse Accusations

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This is not a great year for YouTube families. While there’s been some positive banner moments, like new babies, there’s also been plenty of negative ones to even things out. It all kicked off with Shay Carl‘s cheating scandal in February. Now, the creators of two separate YouTube channels are losing custody of their children!

Last month, Michael & Heather Martin, from the channels DaddyOFive and MommyOFive, respectively, received a sh*tstorm of backlash from critics claiming that the ~pranks~ they pull on their children go too far — for instance, there was one video that depicted the parents dousing the floor of one of the kids’ rooms with invisible ink, then blaming the kid for messing up the carpet — the words ‘child abuse’ have even been tossed around. As a result, the couple’s temporarily lost custody of two of their children, Emma, 11, and Cody, 9.

Said children are currently in the care (or “emergency custody”) of their biological mother, Rose Hall. (Heather is their stepmother.) “Emma and Cody are with me,” she said in a video, alongside her lawyer. “They’re doing good. They’re getting back to their playful selves.”

“The investigation on our end is ongoing with respect to everyone who was in that household and those videos until we make a determination about anything criminal occurring,” Major Tim Clarke of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department said. “C.P.S. has their own separate investigation that I can’t comment on. We did serve the circuit court with a protective order last Friday giving custody of the two children to Rose Hall, their biological mother.”

When the hate first hit, the family was in a state of shock, calling the accusations “false” on Twitter:

The couple also issued apologies across multiple platforms:

Alas, here we are anyway.
This will definitely go down as one of the biggest WTF YouTube moments of 2017. Until the end of the year comes, here are 16 of the biggest WTF YouTube moments of 2016: