DaddyOFive Parents Sentenced After Pleading Guilty To Neglect
12 September 2017, 09:32 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:42
The pair were accused of causing harm to their children with pranks they shared to YouTube.
The parents behind the infamous DaddyOFive YouTube channel have been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to neglect.
Back in April this year, Mike and Heather Martin came under heavy criticism from the YouTube community for encouraging their children to hurt one another in so-called "pranks". The couple initially claimed that the prank videos, which they uploaded to the DaddyOFive YouTube channel were faked; however in August court documents showing that charges of neglect were filed against the pair emerged.
On Monday 11th September, Mike and Heather Martin entered "Alford pleas" to two counts each of child neglect. This is a form of guilty plea in which the defendants do not admit to the criminal act in question, but acknowledge that there is enough evidence to convict them.
DaddyOFive parents "negatively impacted" their children with their pranking
According to FrederickNewsPost.com, a psychologist found that two of the Martins' children were "negatively impacted" by their parents' actions. The prosecution pointed out two incidents in particular - one in which their son was disciplined after being falsely accused of damaging his room, and another in which he was told he would be forced to live elsewhere.
Terms of DaddyOFive parents' probation
The Martins may no longer contact the two children involved in the case, as well as their biological mother Rose Hall, unless they receive court permission. The two children are currently staying with Ms. Hall. They must also refrain from posting images of the two children on social media unless it's for "family purposes."
The Martins could face up to 10 years in prison if they violate the terms of their probation.
Following the court decision, Heather Martin posted a video to Twitter thanking followers for their support. "You guys are family" she told fans.
Sorry guys no Vlog tonight.... THANK YOU for the continued love and support. I ❤️you all! pic.twitter.com/xMlf3rXo8R— MommyOFive (@HMartin1983) September 12, 2017
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