Most of the times child abuse is carried out in secret, but for Maryland parents Mike and Heather Martin, it was a way to make money – through their YouTube channel “DaddyOfFive.”
Mike and Heather considered their videos pranks, but according to many of their viewers, the recorded behaviors toward their children was abuse – abuse that three-quarters of a million subscribers watched regularly – not pranks.
The Martins have recently lost custody of two children, who have been returned to their biological mother, Rose Hall, after the YouTube controversy erupted.
“The kids are in a deprogramming sort of mode in the moment,” added Hall, “They’re doing good. They’re getting back to their playful selves.”
The youngest son, Cody, was usually the target of the taped abuses. In one video, Cody begs to be killed due to the agony he appears to suffer on-camera, saying, “I hate my life, just kill me.”
The final straw, in a video since removed from the YouTube channel, but still available below, was a video where Cody was accused of spilling ink on the carpet and was then viciously berated by the Martins.