YouTube Deletes Controversial Channel After Child Neglect Scandal
Just about a year after Heather and Mike Martin, the parents who started the DaddyOFive (now called FamilyOFive) YouTube channel, were charged with child neglect and sentenced to five years of probation, YouTube decided to completely remove the controversial account.
The couple first got in legal trouble after viewers expressed concern about their over-the-top ~pranks~, which would often cause the kids mental and sometimes physical harm. As a result, they lost custody of two of their children, 12-year-old Emma and 9-year-old Cody.
YouTube said in a statement, “Content that endangers children is unacceptable to us. We have worked extensively alongside experts in child safety to make sure we have strict policies and are aggressively enforcing them. Given this channel owner’s previous strikes for violating our Guidelines prohibiting child endangerment, we’re removing all of his channels under our Terms of Service.”
Always out and about pic.twitter.com/5qn5BDpJB3
— MommyOFive (@HMartin1983) July 6, 2018
Heather and Mike also wrote their own statement, saying, “Our family has worked very hard to heal and reestablish ourselves over the past 18 months. Through a lot of hard work and introspection, we are all doing well, and are happy. YouTube is something we enjoy as a family, and we will continue to do it, within the strict boundaries we have set for ourselves. For the sake of our privacy and continued healing, I have no further comment or anything past, or present at this time.”
Both parents also took to Twitter to tell their followers they love them and thank them for the support.
Family we love you, that is all we have right now.
— MommyOFive (@HMartin1983) July 19, 2018
I want to just take the time out and tell the Family how much you all mean to us thank you all so much pic.twitter.com/dE6FfI9nuy
— Mike Martin (@MikeMartin1982) July 17, 2018
You know what they say — karma is a b*tch.