Parents lose custody of kids amid probe of YouTube 'pranks'

Screenshot of Rose Hall sharing that she regained custody of her two children who were featured in disturbing

Screenshot of Rose Hall sharing that she regained custody of her two children who were featured in disturbing"prank videos

(He didn't spill anything, and the stains on the carpet were from trick ink).

Cody was then shown crying hysterically.

Heather is stepmum to Cody and Emma, whose biological mother Rose Hall is now looking after the children under "emergency custody".

Rose, Cody and Emma's biological mom, appeared in a May 1 YouTube video with her lawyer, Tim Conlon of The Custody Place.

"I'm not saying that the things we were doing didn't bring on an emotional reaction, but the reaction was exaggerated", she said. They're getting back to their playful selves'.

"You know you don't hit girls, but she's your sister so she don't count", Mike said to Cody in the clip.

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In April, a popular YouTube channel called DaddyOFive attracted widespread controversy after another YouTuber accused the husband-and-wife team that runs the channel of humiliating their kids with pranks, some of which turned violent. Founded in August of 2015, the channel has more than 750,00 subscribers. Numerous videos focused on Cody, who was often left in tears after the couple's "pranks", which included convincing him he was being put up for adoption, and smashing his electronics. In it, the couple tearfully apologizes for making "terrible parenting decisions", and says they are in family counseling.

That video sparked such an uproar that the couple - who live in Ijamsville, Maryland - released a 20-minute response video titled "BLOCKING ALL THE HATERS".

Rob Weinhold, chief executive of the crisis management firm representing the Martins, the Fallston Group, referred a request for comment to the Martins' attorney, Laurie Wasserman. Wasserman replied with an emailed statement: "I am working with Michael and Heather Martin".

YouTuber Philip DeFranco picked the video up and wondered aloud whether several videos on the channel could be considered child abuse.

"We just kept going more and more for the shock factor to see what could get more views", reveals Heather. "But then startin' YouTube and seein' how happy these kids get when they get these views..." She said it had been "very heart-breaking and disturbing to see [her] kids be abused" in the viral posts. The three spent the weekend in North Carolina before returning to Frederick County.

Mr Clarke said an investigation into the videos is ongoing. So far, Cody has been slightly struggling with the transition, but Emma has had an easier time bouncing back. "She loves cheese. That's the first thing she asked me for was cheese, because she wasn't allowed to have it".

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