Ruby Franke's eldest daughter is crowdsourcing 'concerning' video evidence against her mom, following the mommy vlogger's arrest on suspicion of child abuse

Jodi Hildebrandt and Ruby Franke on their YouTube channel ConneXions.
Jodi Hildebrandt and Ruby Franke on their YouTube channel ConneXions.Screenshot / ConneXions YouTube Channel
  • Mommy vlogger Ruby Franke was arrested on suspicion of two counts of child abuse Wednesday.

  • Her eldest daughter, who is estranged from her mom, said "justice is being served" after the arrest.

  • Shari Franke, 20, is asking for the public's help in collecting concerning video evidence against her mom.

Ruby Franke's eldest daughter is speaking out against her mom and asking for the public's help in collecting evidence against Ruby Franke after the former family YouTuber was arrested this week on suspicion of two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Shari Franke, 20, posted on Instagram Wednesday, saying, "justice is being served," amid news that Ruby Franke and her business partner Jodi Hildebrandt were arrested in Springville, Utah. The college junior also asked her followers' help in crowdsourcing "questionable or concerning" video clips of her mom's previous content, saying it was "too much" for her to try and sort through herself.

"Today has been a big day," Shari Franke wrote in an Instagram story Wednesday evening. "Me and my family are so glad justice is being served. We've been trying to tell the police and CPS for years about this, and so glad they finally decided to step up."

A statement from the Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety Department shared with Insider said the arrests were made after a child climbed out of a window at a residence in Ivins and ran to a neighbor's house to get help, asking for food and water. The neighbors saw that the child appeared to have duct tape on their ankles and wrists and called the police, local outlet Fox 13 reported, adding that the Ivins residence belonged to Hildebrandt.

Authorities later found a second malnourished child in the same residence, according to officials; the kids were treated for "severe" wounds at the hospital, the public safety department statement said.

Ruby Franke was the face of the popular 8 Passengers YouTube channel, where she documented her life alongside her husband Kevin Franke, and their six children, including Shari. The channel once had approximately 2.5 million subscribers, but allegations of parental wrongdoing had long hung over the Franke family, and the channel was taken offline earlier this year.

The family pushed back against the allegations at the time, telling Insider's Lindsay Dodgson in 2020 that they gave their children "choices" and were trying to teach the kids about the consequences of their actions. An attorney for Kevin Franke did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In June 2022, Franke announced she was creating a new channel called ConneXions with Hildebrandt, a therapist whose license was put on probation in 2012 for 18 months after she discussed a patient's alleged "porn addiction" with elders at the Mormon church without the patient's permission, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The newer, more controversial ConneXions channel, fashions itself as a mom's "support group."

Shari Franke said in a September 2022 Instagram story that she was "not in contact" with her "immediate family" and did not support "the extreme beliefs" of ConneXions, Insider previously reported.

Following Ruby Franke's arrest, Shari Franke asked her Instagram followers on Thursday to help collect concerning content from past 8 Passengers and ConneXions videos, initially requesting people direct message her the links. She then created a Google Doc and shared the link, encouraging people to make submissions there.

As of 2:00 p.m. PT — about six hours after Shari Franke made her request — the Google Doc was full of more than 40 video clips people had flagged, including apparent 8 Passengers content in which Ruby Franke discussed taking her children's bedroom privileges away, withholding food as a punishment, and canceling Christmas for her youngest kids for being "selfish." The document also contained more recent ConneXions content in which Ruby Franke and Hildebrandt discussed their controversial opinions on such hot-button issues as the LGBT community, eating disorders, and rape.

More than 80 viewers were looking at the Google Doc when Insider accessed it on Thursday afternoon.

Shari Franke did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment or questions about how she intended to use the video evidence moving forward.

Ruby Franke's three sisters, who are also family content creators, all issued an Instagram statement Thursday saying the arrest of their sister "needed to happen."

"Ruby was arrested which needed to happen. Jodi was arrested which needed to happen," their statement said. "The kids are now safe, which is the number one priority."

Insider has reached out to the police department and the family's former management for more information.

Correction: September 1, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misstated the status of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt's case. Police said the two have been arrested; they have not yet been formally charged in court.

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