At the beginning of April 2017, no one knew about the DaddyOFive YouTube channel aside from their most hardcore fans. But now, with their family life and alleged “abusive” prank videos under the social media microscope, the family have had to suffer the worst consequence of all. Parents, Mike and Heather Martin, have lost custody of both Emma (11) and Cody (9), as they have been returned to their biological mother, Rose Hill.
In a new YouTube video, Rose can be seen with her custody lawyer, Tim Conlon, as they discuss the return of Emma and Cody to her home.
She states that “Emma and Cody are with me. I have emergency custody. They’re doing good. They’re getting back to their playful selves”. She also reveals how “heartbreaking and disturbing” it was “to see [her] kids being abused” on YouTube so publicly.
You can hear more about Rose’s custody battle in the video below:
A quick search on TheLawDictionary tells us that “emergency custody” is “often sought if one parent becomes abusive and presents imminent harm or threat to the children”, and “it is only granted in exigent circumstances”. Whilst this move might only be temporary, the comments beneath these video seem to show a sign of relief that at least two of the children featured in the DaddyOFive pranks are now safe from harm.
Rose Hill, who had previously been in a relationship with Mike Martin (according to The Sun), states that Cody and Emma were put in her custody on the same day that Mike and Heather were featured on Good Morning America to plead their case as trustworthy parents. There has been no word from the couple surrounding the loss of Cody and Emma, or the welfare of their remaining children; Jake (14), Ryan (12) or Alex (9).
Phillip DeFranco, the YouTuber who first created a video calling out the families controversial behaviour, also shared Rose’s custody video with his subscribers, as they were some of the most invested people in the story since the beginning.