YouTube pranksters lose custody of their children and face 10 years jail for making kids cry on camera to gain followers


Michael and Heather Martin
Michael and Heather Martin
By: Alexis Bell  WorldWideWeirdNews.com

(Scroll down for video) YouTube pranksters, who earned about $300,000 a year by uploading videos of their children crying, are facing 10 years in jail after admitting that prosecutors had enough evidence to charge them with child neglect.

34-year-old Michael Martin and 34-year-old Heather Martin of Ijamsville, Maryland, uploaded 300 videos to YouTube.

The parents of 11-year-old Emma Martin and 10-year-old Cody Martin, pranked the children and often made them cry.

In the videos that were uploaded on the DaddyOFive YouTube channel, the parents were seen cursing their children and breaking their toys.

In one video, the father is seen pushing his son into a bookcase, causing his nose to bleed.

The parents wanted to make their children cry on camera in order to gain more followers on YouTube.

People forwarded the videos to police and they launched an investigation against the couple, and eventually charged them with child neglect.

Investigators said that the children suffered as result of the abuse.

The couple, who raised 5 children together, lost custody of the husband's 2 children.

The kids were handed over to the custody of their biological mother Rose Hall.

A judge sentenced both parents to 10 years in prison, but the punishment was suspended.

The parents will have to serve 5 years probation.

If they violate the terms of their probation, they will be jailed for 10 years.

The judge ordered the parents to have no contact with the husband's two children, and prohibited them from uploading videos of the kids to the Internet.

The couple deleted their YouTube account with 300 videos.

At one point, the couple earned $300,000 a year from YouTube.


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