DaddyOFive parents lose custody ‘over YouTube pranks’


A father and stepmother in the US have lost custody of two of their five children after playing pranks on them in a series of YouTube videos.

The pranks included one in which their youngest son was told he had been adopted by another family.

Mike and Heather Martin, of Maryland, denied the videos were abusive and claimed they were fake.

Custody of two of the children has now been returned to their biological mother.

“Emma and Cody are with me, I have emergency custody – they’re doing good,” said Rose Hall who revealed the news in a YouTube video with her lawyer Tim Conlon.

“They’re getting back to their playful selves.”

She added that it had been “very heartbreaking and disturbing to see my kids be abused”.

Tim Conlon told the BBC: “We’re so excited that the children are now safe and with the mom.”

A lawyer for the Martins declined to discuss details of the case.

“All information will be presented to the court at the appropriate time,” she said.

Rose Hall and Tim Conlon

In one controversial video, the pair poured ink onto their youngest son Cody’s bedroom floor before swearing at him and blaming him for the mess.

Cody was then shown crying hysterically.

The pranks also included smashing Cody’s Xbox with a hammer.