FREDERICK, Md. (KR) Two of the children from the controversial YouTube Channel videos, DaddyOFive, have been taken from the father and step-mother and have been in the custody of their mother since last Friday.
Mike and Heather Martin, from Ijamsville, came under fire after they received backlash about their prank videos taking things too far with their children.
In an exclusive interview with Bob Miller on the 930 WFMD’s Morning News Express, the mother of Cody and Emma, Rose Hall, says she now has the children and they’re seeking therapy after being under stress from the pranks. Her lawyer, Tim Conlon, called it a “de-programming stage.”
According to Hall, Heather and Mike were able to gain custody of Emma and Cody because they allegedly had the kids lie to authorities in North Carolina. The last time Hall saw Cody was in December 2014 and Emma in December 2015.
“As soon as I saw the first video, I called the sheriff’s department in Williamson, North Carolina. The office who came out the night they took Emma in 2015, he watched the videos, he was actually crying watching the videos, and he was sorry that he took the kids from me and that he doesn’t think that Mike Martin should have custody of the kids,” said Hall.
Hall said at first Cody was unsure about coming with her. She said, “Cody had a difficult time when the officer brought him out to the car. He said that Mike and Heather told him that I threw him away like he was garbage.”
Hall said that is all untrue.
Conlon, said Hall received an emergency custody order in Maryland to retrieve the children into the care of Hall last week. Hall and Conlon thanked the people on YouTube who kept the videos alive so others could view them after the Martins took them down.
“It makes me very emotional and angry towards Mike and Heather. I don’t think they should have any of the children,” said Hall.
The Martins are currently under investigation by Child Protective Services and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department. Conlon said Hall is currently staying in the Frederick area so that there is minimal change for the kids as next weeks events come.
By: Katie Ryan