YouTube Vlogger Ruby Franke Faces Divorce and Injunction Amid Child Abuse Charges

Dec 04, 2023, 12:00 PM

In a shocking turn of events, Kevin Franke, the husband of renowned YouTube vlogger Ruby Franke, has filed for divorce and a domestic relations injunction, seeking protection amidst a backdrop of child abuse charges against his estranged wife. The case has sent shockwaves through the online parenting community, where Ruby Franke and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, once thrived as popular content creators.
 The divorce filing, submitted in Utah's 4th District Court, comes amid a harrowing child abuse case that Ruby Franke and Hildebrandt have been entangled in, facing six counts of aggravated child abuse. The charges have raised serious concerns about the safety and well-being of their children, who were prominently featured in their online content.
 The court documents, while not fully accessible to the public, reveal significant provisions in the injunction aimed at ensuring a safe and amicable separation process:
 - **Protection Against Harassment:** Both Kevin and Ruby Franke are prohibited from harassing each other during the divorce proceedings.
 - **Prevention of Domestic Violence:** The injunction strictly forbids any acts of domestic violence against each other or their children.
 - **Misuse of Personal Information:** Neither party is allowed to misuse personal information for any purpose related to the ongoing legal matters.
 - **Financial Safeguards:** The court orders prevent the couple from using each other's likeness to open credit lines and interfering with one another's phone or utility services.
 - **Child Custody Measures:** Specific court orders are in place for non-routine travel with their children, indicating the importance of safeguarding their well-being.
 The divorce filing and injunction come in the wake of a disturbing incident where Ruby Franke's 12-year-old son managed to escape their home, appearing emaciated and with duct tape on his body. A 911 call led the police to discover not only the 12-year-old but also his malnourished 10-year-old sister within their mother's residence. All the children, including Kevin Franke's other offspring, have now been placed in state custody.
 Kevin Franke's attorney has stated that his client and Ruby Franke had been living separately for about a year and claimed to be unaware of the alleged abuse occurring in Ruby's household during that time. This separation could have played a pivotal role in Kevin Franke's decision to file for divorce and seek the domestic relations injunction.
 An additional layer of complexity to this already tumultuous situation was added when an ongoing child welfare case involving the couple was ordered sealed by a judge on October 10th. Kevin Franke had been actively seeking custody of their children, citing potential harm to the minor parties involved due to public and media interest in the case.
 The shocking developments in the Franke family's personal life have raised questions about the responsibilities of social media influencers and the potential consequences of sharing their lives online, especially when it involves children. As the legal proceedings continue and the child abuse case unfolds, the online parenting community and the public at large will be watching closely, hoping for a resolution that ensures the safety and well-being of the Franke children.

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