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Evidence shows severity of abuse in Franke, Hildebrandt case



Evidence shows severity of abuse in Franke, Hildebrandt case
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Warning: The content material on this article is graphic and depicts accidents according to abuse. Viewer discretion is suggested

One month after former Youtube influencer Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt had been sentenced to jail for youngster abuse expenses, proof launched Friday depicts the severity of the abuse.

Maybe most startling of the proof launched had been the phrases instantly from Franke and Hildebrandt, recorded throughout telephone conversations every had whereas within the Washington County Jail.

“Adults have a very exhausting time understanding that kids could be stuffed with evil and what that takes to combat it,” stated Franke throughout one name. “And so I don’t know every other adults who’re going to see the reality.”

In a name to an unidentified particular person, Hildebrandt appeared incredulous that what she had accomplished must be thought-about abuse.

“So now, it’s abusive to make a child sleep on the ground,“ she was recorded saying. “It’s ridiculous. You’ll be able to’t even increase your children anymore.”

In February, Franke and Hildebrandt had been every sentenced to 4 1-15-year phrases in jail, one for every of the 4 counts of kid abuse to which they pleaded responsible.

Their arrests got here after one among Franke’s kids escaped Hildebrandt’s residence in August and knocked on the door of a neighbor in Ivins, asking for meals and water. The neighbor observed duct tape on the kid’s ankles and wrists and took motion, calling the police.


In newly launched video, doorbell footage captured a baby ringing the doorbell earlier than strolling away as no one answered. Shortly earlier than leaving the property, a neighbor answered and requested what the issue was.

Video under reveals youngster coming to the door of a neighbor’s residence to get assist

youngster coming to door franke

“I used to be simply questioning for those who may do me a favor.” the kid requested.

“Nicely, what are they?” the neighbor responded.

The kid then asks if they might get in contact with the closest police station.

“What is going on on son, have a seat there,” the neighbor says because the youngster sits in a chair on the entrance porch.

“It is private enterprise,” the kid is heard saying.

Paperwork element the neighbors gave the kid meals and water as they alerted authorities. As an ambulance responded, the neighbors gave the kid some sandals and meals earlier than they had been examined.

“We want the police right here now,” the neighbor stated within the video. “They’re on their means,” the opposite neighbor stated.

Images, movies, police experiences, journal entries, telephone calls and extra had been launched as a part of the proof by Washington County officers that reveals the gravity of the youngsters’s accidents.

Video under reveals youngster in ambulance as police ask questions on their accidents:

Franke Bodycam Ambulance Aug. 30, 2023

“How’d you get the ropes on you, who did them,” a police officer is heard asking the kid. “You are not in hassle with me [redacted], we’re simply making an attempt to determine what is going on on. Our primary focus proper now’s you, okay?”

The kid is heard talking again to the officer, though their solutions had been redacted by officers. They had been taken to the hospital and handled for deep cuts discovered on their wrists and ankles in addition to extreme malnourishment.

Santa Clara-Ivins Police Division

Whereas being handled by medical groups, a police report notes plastic wrap, duct tape and bandages on the kid protecting deep wounds. Paperwork state pores and skin got here off of the kid whereas the duct tape was eliminated.

“I requested youngster 1 how lengthy the plastic wrap and duct tape had been on his legs and wrists,” paperwork state. “He stated since final evening. I requested him why they had been placed on and he stated as a result of the gashes had been there and it was supposed to assist.”

The kid additionally advised police that Franke and Hildebrandt had tied him to the bottom with ropes, “to assist him with what he has been selecting.” He additionally stated that they had lined his wounds in cayenne pepper and honey.


After responding initially to the kid, officers are seen on physique digital camera footage discussing what to do subsequent.

“We have to determine the home, if there’s two different children there, we have to undergo a safety sweep of the home and assist them,” one officer is heard saying.

As soon as police entered Hildebrandt’s residence, they found a baby sitting on the ground in a closet.

“I do not imply to harm you in any respect,” a police officer stated to the kid, who remained silent. “I am not going to harm you, I promise. See this proper right here, it is a badge. I am telling you, I do not damage individuals, I am simply making an attempt to be sure to’re okay.”

Video under reveals officer discovering youngster in closet of residence:

Franke Bodycam June 30, 2023 –

Then the officer sits on the ground with the kid, saying it is okay if they do not wish to discuss.

“I will simply sit right here with you,” the officer says.

An EMT additionally went to the room and spoke with the kid, to which they responded they had been “nervous” to speak.

Officers introduced a meal of pizza and a drink to the kid and set it on the bottom as they waited. In a video, the kid is seen not touching the meals for a while earlier than cautiously opening the pizza field and taking a chew of the meals.

A police report particulars that after 4 hours of the sergeant sitting with the kid within the residence, they agreed to be transported to the hospital, the place they had been handled for malnourishment.

Emaciated Franke Children Photo.png

Santa Clara-Ivins Police Division


As an investigation started, detectives and officers interviewed Hildebrandt, Franke and Franke’s husband, Kevin, amongst others.

Video under reveals full police interview with Kevin Franke:

Kevin Franke full interview

In his interview, Kevin Franke advised police he and his spouse had separated in July of 2023 and that though he had been financially offering, he had no contact together with his spouse or kids.

“Mr. Franke knowledgeable me there was no courtroom paperwork, however he and Ruby agreed that he wouldn’t contact her or the children,” paperwork state.

Throughout his interview, Kevin additionally advised police he thought his household was nonetheless dwelling of their Springville residence and had no information of the youngsters being in Ivins in Hildebrandt’s residence.

After police knowledgeable Kevin that two kids had been taken into custody of Youngster Protecting Providers, paperwork state he turned emotional and stated it was “time to get his children again into his custody and take them again into his residence to take care of them.”

Police stated that they had no indication Kevin was concerned within the abuse in any means and was launched.

Throughout an interview with Ruby Franke, officers summarized the interplay saying after they requested her a query, she didn’t reply and as an alternative simply checked out them.

Video under reveals full police interview with Ruby Franke:

Ruby Franke police interview

“We knowledgeable Mrs. Franke we might not ask something incriminating and simply wished to get to know her,” paperwork state. “Mrs. Franke acknowledged she nonetheless needed a lawyer. We didn’t ask her any additional questions.”

Hildebrandt echoed related sentiments, saying her legal professional advised her to not say something to police in the course of the interview.

“I am slightly nervous,” Hildebrandt stated. “I’ve watched too many detective motion pictures.”

Hildebrandt did inform detectives she had lived in her Ivins residence for about six years and lived in Utah County previous to that.

Video under reveals full police interview with Jodi Hildebrandt:

Hildebrandt full interview

“Ms. Hildebrandt knowledgeable me she trusted her lawyer’s judgement as a result of he is an efficient man, however she needed to inform us every little thing so we may perceive,” paperwork report. “I knowledgeable Ms. Hildebrandt she was capable of reply any questions she needed as we had been making an attempt to grasp the connection between Ruby Franke and the children. Ms. Hildebrandt once more acknowledged her legal professional stated to not say something.”

Nothing else was gathered by police in the course of the interviews, paperwork state. Following the interviews, each ladies had been arrested and handcuffed.


As the youngsters got medical remedy, Franke and Hildebrandt had been arrested and booked into jail on youngster abuse expenses.

Video of their arrest reveals every girl not talking a lot to officers as they had been handcuffed.

When Franke was learn her expenses, she didn’t acknowledge that she understood what the officer was saying.

“Are you okay?” a police officer requested. “I am questioning if there’s like a medical clearance, do you want medical consideration earlier than you go to the jail?”

“No,” Franke responds.

“Have you ever ever been arrested earlier than?” The officer asks within the video. Franke doesn’t reply.

“I am simply involved about you, I do know you do not consider that,” the officer continues.

Franke is then seen within the video wanting away and staying silent, seemingly ignoring what the officer was saying.

Full video under reveals Hildebrandt and Franke being handcuffed and transported to jail:

Ruby franke hilderbadnt arrest


Journal entires had been additionally launched by police that element much more of what transpired within the months resulting in Franke’s and Hildebrandt’s arrests. In whole, 60 pages of journal entries had been launched to FOX 13 Information, with many pages partially or absolutely redacted.

On a web page titled “Timeline,” it states “[Redacted] refuses to work. Screams. Has hair shaved off,” with a date of July 14, 2023.

The journal has a full entry dated July 9 and 10, 2023.

“[Redacted] turns 12 tomorrow,” the journal says. “I by no means envisioned him turning 12 and nonetheless pooping/peeing himself. Satanic selections result in one changing into destitute, even in essentially the most influential properties.”

“…[Redacted] have been in a lot deviant conduct, they will not management their bodily capabilities,” the journal reads. “…their egocentric, sinful way of life is being intervened upon. I advised [Redacted] he emulates a snake. He slithers and sneaks round on the lookout for alternatives when nobody is watching after which he scurries. If he needs to emulate the Savior, he must be 100% obedient. With exactness. No wavering. No hiding.”

The journal continues, “[Redacted] is best behaved with Jodi. She likes to suppose she will nonetheless manipulate me. I gave her a pixie haircut. All her lengthy hair is gone. No extra distracting with hair.”

Journal entries additional element abuse the youngsters suffered all through the months of July and August.

Days earlier than their arrest, on August 27, the journal states the youngsters had been whipped.

“I whipped him with a belt yesterday, [Redacted] too. She peed throughout Jodi’s storage flooring, screamed at her and lied to her,” the journal reads. “She is uncontrolled. [Redacted] appeared to provide me her consideration after the whipping.”


County officers beforehand advised FOX 13 Information the case was some of the extreme cases of kid abuse that they had ever seen.

When she pleaded responsible, Franke known as the abuse “acts of affection.” Throughout her sentencing, Franke expressed her sorrow to her household, together with her kids and husband.

Equally, Hildebrandt stated throughout her sentencing that she “genuinely” loves the youngsters and needed them to heal in each side of their lives.

Each ladies are actually serving 4 1-15-year phrases in jail, one for every of the 4 counts of kid abuse to which they pleaded responsible.

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