Why This Video Of Parents Screaming And Cursing At Their Kids For A Cruel YouTube Prank Could Land Them In Jail For 10 Years

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Michael and Heather Martin's channel, DaddyOFive, has over 700,000 subscribers.

One Maryland couple is currently facing charges of two counts of neglect of a minor after they posted a YouTube video many of their viewers thought was abusive. They face up to 10 years in jail after a cruel YouTube prank. 

The disturbing video shows a stepmom Heather Martin spreading what she said was ink that would later disappear, and then explaining that she and her husband, Michael Martin, were going to blame their children for the stains on the carpet. 

All in the name of fun, right? 

No, not all. 

In the video, you can hear the dad and stepmom screaming and cursing at the children, causing them to cry. Their viewers — and they have 700,000 of them — thought the video crossed the line and said it was abusive

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Two of the children, 12-year-old Emma and 9-year-old Cody, were removed from the home and placed back into the custody of their biological mother, Rose Hall. The local sheriff's office said they received dozens of Facebook and Twitter messages from viewers of DaddyOFive's channel claiming the kids were being abused.

She and her lawyer said the clip of the YouTube prank was "heartbreaking and disturbing."

Apparently, the video that landed them in trouble is the norm for the DaddyOFive clan. Most of the videos uploaded — all but two have been removed from YouTube — featured Heather and Michael Martin pranking their kids to a point of humiliation. 

They yell obscenities at their kids, play games that encourage the children to hit each other and blame them for messes they never made. 

In an apology video, the Martins said they made some "terrible parenting decisions".

"We went from something that wasn't so bad and then we kept going more and more for the shock factor versus reality to see what could get more views," Heather Martin said in the video. "And the kids kind of feel like some of it is their fault, and it's not their fault. We're the parents and we should have made better decisions.”

Cody seems to be the usual target of the pranks, and he's been subjected to verbal and physical altercations before learning from his parents that it was all a joke. 

In one video, Martin pushes Cody into a shelf, and in another, Cody is crying in a bathtub while Martin yells at him. 

“I want to be alone," Cody says in the video while crying. "You all don’t care about me. You all don’t love me. You all don’t like me. So just go. Why are you still here? Just go.”

Heather Martin still has some of the videos on her page, MommyOFive, which has over 100,000 subscribers. She is still active on her page, even posting a video that says "Update About The Kids."

"The Martins accept full responsibility for their parenting decisions and remain transparent and cooperative with oversight agencies," said a representative. "Their primary focus continues to be their family during this extraordinarily difficult time. There is a significant professional services team working with the entire family, all focused on healing and a more positive future, particularly for the children." 

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