YouTube removes channel operated by a couple on trial for child neglect

YouTube has announced that it has taken two channels managed by a couple on trial for child neglect.


YouTube has announced that it has taken, two channels driven by a couple on trial for child neglect after a riot of online users.

The channels “FamilyOFive” and “FamilyOFive Gaming” were terminated Wednesday, wusa 9 reported. The channels were more than 400,000 subscribers.

The couple who ran the channels, Heather and Mike Martin, were sentenced to five years of probation in September 2017 for the child neglect on controversial “joke” videos that online users say amounted to child abuse. The man and woman filmed hundreds of the now-removed videos of themselves screaming profanities at their children and breaking their toys on Mike Martin’s “DaddyOFive” YouTube channel, The Baltimore Sun reported.


At the time, Heather and Mike Martin each entered Alford resources to two counts of child neglect. An Alford plea allowed them to keep their innocence while acknowledging the evidence.

The investigation focused on Michael Martin’s two biological children, to whom Heather Martin was their stepmother. Prosecutors said that the children are experiencing “significant impairment of their mental or psychological ability to function.”

In May 2017, the couple lost custody of the two children to their biological mother, but three other children, who are not part of the research, to continue to live with the Martins, wusa 9 reported.

Users Online was outraged on learning of the couple was still making videos, despite being on probation for child neglect. Users of social media in a Reddit forum the question of why YouTube had not banned the couple or the channels down.

Google, owner of YouTube, released a report with respect to the removal.


“The contents of that pose a danger to the children is unacceptable to us. We have a lot of work, in addition to experts in the safety of children to ensure that we have strict policies and are aggressively enforcing it,” the statement read. “Having regard to the channel of the owner, previous strikes for the violation of our Guidelines prohibit the child is in danger, we are removing all of its channels under our Conditions of Service.”

The couple released a statement about the channels’ removal.

“Our family has worked very hard to heal and restore ourselves in the past 18 months. Through hard work and introspection, we are all doing well, and are happy with it. YouTube is something where we enjoy a family, and that we will continue to do so, within the strict limits we have set for ourselves,” the Martins’ statement said. “For the sake of our privacy and continue healing, I have no further comment or something in the past or present at this time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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