A family has lost custody of two children featured in a series of “prank” videos, which some said actually showed child abuse.
The YouTube account “DaddyOFive” became wildly popular in recent weeks after posting videos where two parents played “pranks” on their children. In particular, they would accuse one child, named Cody, of a variety of bad behaviour– and then punish him physically and emotionally for it.
Now Rose Hall, the biological mother of 9-year-old Cody and his sister Emma, says that she has obtained emergency custody of her children.
” They’re doing good,” Ms Hall says on the video where she appears with her lawyer. “They’re getting back to their playful selves.”
Ms Hall thanked the YouTube community for raising attention towards the channel.
DaddyOFive’s creators, which featured Cody’s father, claimed that the videos were harmless pranks and that the children didn’t mind taking part in them. A range of prominent YouTubers said that the videos depicted abuse– pointing to videos where the parents scream and swear at the kids, tell them they are going to be adopted and one where Cody’s father appears to push him into a bookcase.
The videos gained the channel almost 800,000 subscribers and many millions of views, as well as supporters who said they enjoyed the stunts being shown in the video. They also attracted detractors, including YouTube star Philip DeFranco, who released a video editing some of the more horrifying clips together.