2 kids removed from Md. home after parents’ YouTube pranks

WASHINGTON — The Frederick County, Maryland, “DaddyOFive” couple criticized for making YouTube videos in which they appeared to prank their five children now have only three children living under their roof.

No charges have been filed so far against Michael and Heather Martin of Ijamsville, the couple behind the popular YouTube channel “DaddyOFive.”

But a court has granted temporary custody of two of the children to their biological mother, Rose Hall, said Maj. Tim Clarke of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office oversaw the transition of the children on Friday, which went smoothly, Clarke said.

In a video recorded with her attorney and posted to YouTube Monday, Hall said it was heartbreaking and disturbing to see her kids Emma and Cody “being abused.”

Ten days ago, the Martins posted a video apology and said many of the reactions in their videos were exaggerated to see how many views they could get.

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 


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