YouTube Couple Sentenced After Being Charged with Child Neglect
The verdict is in for the couple who started the controversial DaddyOFive YouTube channel. Heather and Mike Martin were both sentenced to five year probation after they were each charged with two counts of child neglect. About three months prior, they lost custody of two of their children, 12-year-old Emma and 9-year-old Cody, because of over-the-top pranks that sometimes caused mental and physical harm.
According to The Frederick News-Post, the YouTubers entered Alford pleas for all counts in the Frederick County Circuit Court. This basically means that the pair won’t admit to guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors could probably secure a conviction with the amount of evidence gathered.
A psychologist who worked on the case found that both children “were negatively impacted by the treatment captured on the video and shared online as a prank,” according to Assistant State’s Attorney Lindell Angel.
As part of their probation, Judge Theresa M. Adams ordered that Heather and Mike cannot post pictures of Emma or Cody online unless it’s for “family purposes.” They are also unable to contact the minors or their biological mother, Rose Hall, unless it’s ordered by the court. There is also still pending civil litigation the Martins and Ms. Hall, who was given “emergency custody” of the children.
If the YouTubers fail to abide by these orders and subsequently violate their probation, they could face up to 10 years in prison.
Heather doesn’t seem too upset about the sentencing, however. She posted a video on Twitter yesterday to apologize for not having a vlog to post.
Sorry guys no Vlog tonight…. THANK YOU for the continued love and support. I you all! pic.twitter.com/xMlf3rXo8R
— MommyOFive (@HMartin1983) September 12, 2017
She said, “I want to say thank you for the messages, the tweets, the love, the concern. You guys are nothing short of amazing and you are family. I want you to know, too, that there’s a lot of exciting things coming for the Martin family and I’m really really excited that you all will be on this journey with us.