Ruby Franke's sister breaks down in confronting video blaming YouTube influencer for causing their mother's heart attack and revealing how she 'destroyed' their lives offline before child abuse arrest
- Bonnie Hoellein, teared up as she said that Ruby 'destroyed' their family's lives offline before she was sensationally arrested for child abuse
- Ruby Franke was charged with six felony counts of abuse, along with business partner Jodi Hildebrandt after being arrested on August 30
Ruby Franke's sister has broken down in a video in which she blamed the YouTube influencer for causing their mother's heart attack - and revealed how she 'destroyed' their lives offline.
Bonnie Hoellein teared up as she said their mother's health rapidly declined when Ruby cut her family off - before her sister was sensationally arrested for child abuse.
Franke gained millions of YouTube subscribers and online followers through her 8 Passengers channel about parenting but viewers repeatedly complained about the way she treated her children.
The 41-year-old was charged with six felony counts of abuse, along with business partner Jodi Hildebrandt after being arrested on August 30.
Hoellein, also a YouTuber who is based in Utah, posted the nearly 10-minute long video titled 'I am not my sister. I am not my Sisters [sic] Crimes.'
Bonnie Hoellein, teared up as she said that sister Ruby Franke 'destroyed' their family's lives offline before she was sensationally arrested for child abuse. The Utah-based YouTuber posted the nearly 10-minute long video titled, 'I am not my sister. I am not my Sisters [sic] Crimes'
Mormon YouTuber Franke (pictured with her daughters) was taken into custody under suspicion of two counts of aggravated child abuse earlier this week
Franke's sister told the camera: 'I am mad at what has happened, I am beyond disgusted, and I feel like it makes me tremble.
'It makes me tremble because this is unheard of, it is truly unbelievable. Something that I pride myself on, something that I enjoy doing, is being transparent and I cannot be fully transparent with certain aspects of this.
'And if you don't understand that then you don't understand how the system works. The first thing that I want to say is that we have kept quiet for three years on the topic of our sister Ruby and Jodi and Kevin.
'We did not know what they were doing because like we said we were cut off. We did not have access to anyone.
'When I say that Ruby and Kevin and Jodi and ConneXions have been destroying our lives offline for the last three years, that is exactly what they've been doing.
'Causing turmoil within our family.'
She added: 'Three years ago Ruby and Kevin cut our family off and eventually they cut Kevin's family off as well.
'I thought that was going to end my mom, she literally had a heart attack, she went into kidney failure, her body was shutting down because it broke her.
'So you can only imagine what she is going through now how we are all feeling now.
'I will not let Ruby and Kevin and ConneXions and Jodi take one more thing away from me.
'I will continue to post because if that is what tiny control I have left, I'm going to take it.'
Franke's husband, Kevin Franke, who she shares six children with - Shari, Chad, Abby, Julie, Russell and Eve - has said he is 'trying to keep his children together' following the arrests.
The video came after all three of her sisters - who are all YouTubers - posted a joint statement to Instagram which said: 'For the last 3 years we have kept quiet on the subject of our sister Ruby Franke for the sake of her children.'
Ruby Franke, (left) who ran the now-defunct 8 Passengers channel, was arrested along with her business partner Jodi Hildebrandt (right)
Kevin Franke (right) has said his 'urgent focus' is to keep his six children which he shares with former YouTuber Ruby Franke (left) together under his care
The sisters are also YouTubers and said they 'wouldn't feel right about moving forward with regular content without addressing the most recent events'.
'Once we do, we will not be commenting on it further,' the statement said.
'Ruby was arrested which needed to happen. Jodi was arrested which needed to happen. The kids are now safe, which is the number one priority.'
Franke was taken into custody after the two children were found starved with open wounds and duct tape on their 'extremities'.
Police were called after a child climbed out of the window of Hildebrandt's home and ran to a neighbor pleading for food and water. The neighbor saw the child's wounds and immediately dialed 911, before another child was also found 'in a similar physical condition of malnourishment'.
Since the arrests, an online form has been set up which documents examples of worrying statements made by Franke and Hildebrandt in their videos.
Her estranged daughter, Shari, has since said police were warned for years about the allegations before they 'finally' acted.
Her daughter, Shari, has now claimed relatives have been 'trying to tell the police and CPS for years about this', adding that she was 'so glad they finally decided to step up' and the kids were safe. She posted the message to Instagram with a photo of police outside the home captioned 'finally'.
Franke's eldest daughter Shari, 20, posted about her mother's arrest on Instagram, sharing an image of police officers outside the home captioned 'Finally'
This comes after a relative of Franke said the news of her child abuse case is 'disgusting' but the problem is 'bigger than people know.'
The unnamed cousin of Franke claimed this is not the first time their family has experienced this behavior. Other members have also duct-taped, handcuffed and starved kids.
They described the unprovoked child abuse and slapping that took place in their house as a child - and said that after watching Ruby's YouTube channel 8 Passengers briefly, they said they noticed Ruby's same mannerisms.
Abusing children, being physical, and withholding food is something that has been a 'multi-generational' problem in the Franke family, claimed the cousin.
The full statement from Franke's three sisters, which was posted across their Instagram pages
Franke (seen with her husband) is well-known for her strict parenting style on the channel, which she stopped uploading footage in January 2022. It was taken down earlier this year
The family member - who said the charges of child abuse are 'disgusting' - said their entire family tree 'from the roots to the branches' is 'blighted.'
The cousin of Franke, whose identity was concealed, told Law & Crime: 'I'm not shocked. It's not a shock at all. The direction in which it went was not what I thought, but from which it came was to be expected.
'I wasn't expecting some of the details in that story to line up with details in my own family history.
'My mother handcuffed my sisters when they were young, and a lack of food wasn't uncommon, but it wasn't out of the lack of money and there was a time when it could have been prevented and it wasn't.'
'All I can say is my mother did duck tape my siblings. I'm not shocked.'
Asked when was the last time they saw Ruby, they said: 'When I was very young, it was a long time ago. Over 15 years ago.'