DaddyOFive YouTube Channel Creator Temporarily Loses Custody Of Children

Father who brutally pranks children in You Tube videos loses custody

Last week, Mike Martin and his wife, Heather, faced flak after the YouTube community exposed some of their videos as being potentially abusive to the Martins' children.

On DaddyOFive, they play a number of so-called pranks on the kids, but especially on Cody, Rachel Dunphy wrote for Select All. They're getting back to their playful selves'.

The children are with their mother after she received emergency custody following alleged abuse documented in the YouTube videos. At the end of the 13-minute video, Hall thanks several YouTubers - including Phil DeFranco, a YouTuber who posted an exposé video earlier this spring about DaddyOFive's pranks - for helping to get her children out of a risky situation. However, with the loss of 11-year-old Emma and 9-year-old Cody, they now admit that things got out of hand. The channel had about 763,000 subscribers as of May 2. "The kids are in a de-programming mode", the Maryland-based lawyer said.

YouTube would later remove that post under its bullying and harassment policies, and an online petition to have the children removed from the Martins' custody gathered steam. Essentially, they claim that it was all an act, and they noted that whenever the kids would "start genuinely crying", they would graciously stop the video and make sure that the child wanted to continue before moving on-as opposed to, for example, not making the kid cry at all.

It would go on to feature daily videos of the kind of "pranks" that has led huge controversy to follow the family.

"We were being investigated already for the YouTube channel and nothing was found", she said. The videos seem to be directed at one kid in particular, Cody. Heather Martin apologized for what she said were poor parenting choices, but insisted that the antics seen in their YouTube videos were not reflective of the real family dynamic.

After some of the videos were rediscovered and further publicized, the parents issued a public apology on their YouTube channel, the only video now available on the page. "He said some things that were disturbing, that he hated me, that Mike and Heather told him I threw him away like he was garbage, and I didn't love him no more". "We put things on the Internet that should not be there and did things we should not do".

The parents also appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" program April 28 to say sorry again and explain the thinking behind their actions.



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