Ruby Franke‘s husband makes some shocking claims about his estranged wife and her business partner!
Since police arrested the mom influencer on serious child abuse charges, Kevin Franke has insisted he knew nothing about the abuse because the two were separated, lived in different houses and he “wasn’t near the children” for months. But considering how Ruby’s viewers no longer exist 8 passengers Youtube The network has long been concerned about her strict parenting style, but not all fans believe that. Not to mention, one would think that Kevin – as their father – would have called or asked to see the kids at some point, even in person or over FaceTime! But we digress…
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Regardless, Kevin claims he has no idea what’s going on. In fact, he now says he was “manipulated and deceived” by Ruby and her podcast co-host. Jodi Hildebrandt, in the months before her arrest! At an appearance on Law and crime‘S Sidebar Podcast Tuesday, Kevin’s Lawyer, Randy S. Kesterclaimed his client discovered that Ruby and her children had moved in with Jodi at her home in Ivins, Utah, when his estranged wife contacted him on the day of her arrest:
“She heard what was going on and knew they were coming for her and called him and said, ‘This is an emergency,’ even though she hadn’t contacted him for months before that. She turned to him in an emergency because she knew she could count on him to help his children.”
During their conversation, the 41-year-old social media personality revealed that she has been living with Jodi in Utah for months. Why did they live completely separate lives for so long? Kevin’s lawyer explained that the two separated because of “differences of opinion about their family,” particularly regarding parenting, and “their own personal dynamics.”
When Ruby and Kevin decided to separate, she thought it would be a good idea to have no contact with her children. She reportedly believed that “everything would be better off if he wasn’t home” and that things were “happy” and “so much better without him.” Huh. I wonder if the kids felt the same way…
Instead of arguing with her on the matter, Kevin respected her wishes as he hoped it would “save his marriage.” And THAT is supposed to be the reason why he never had contact with her children. Kester added:
“He’ll be raked over the coals [not reaching out to his kids] But what people don’t understand is that he was trying to save his marriage, he let her guide him and she was the one who asked him to leave the house, suggesting that he would get back together with her and have a relationship As a woman could be a family, she asked him to leave the house and not have any contact with them or the children.”
But didn’t that raise any red flags for Kevin? Did he wonder if this was even in the best interest of their children? The lawyer swore – once again – that Kevin didn’t know their children were in trouble, claiming Ruby “controlled” him emotionally because she knew how much he valued their marriage and family and it was his wish to be with that to come back.” family and preserve his marriage. If Kevin had suspected abuse had occurred, the father “would have been down there in two seconds,” Kester said.
Looking back, the lawyer shared that Kevin only “came to his senses about how he was being manipulated and deceived” when he spoke to Ruby before she was taken into custody. However, he does not blame the YouTuber alone for the manipulation. Kevin criticized Jodi for ruining his family, as she has allegedly already done to “a number of families.”
Kester explained that “physical abuse was never a part of her family to begin with,” but “a lot of dynamics in between [Kevin] and his wife changed after Jodi Hildebrandt entered into a partnership with Ruby.” He explained:
“She manipulated him along with Ruby. That she was the tip of the spear, so to speak, in essentially destroying his life and his family. I think it was a team effort, but Jody was the tip of the spear.”
However, it wasn’t the first time the couple had been criticized for their parenting techniques. Since Ruby’s arrest, eyebrow-raising videos have resurfaced, including one in which she admitted to “starving” her then-6-year-old daughter as punishment for not bringing her lunch to school. However, when asked about the allegations, Kester noted that the complaints were investigated and no charges were ever filed afterward:
“There has never been an allegation that Kevin Franke ever physically abused his children. All of these parental complaints were investigated. I think it’s a subjective thing, parenting. While there may be criticism that their upbringing was too strict or too demanding, this has been investigated.”
He continued, pointing out that Kevin had never been accused of abuse:
“Kevin Franke has never been accused of physically abusing anyone, including his children, and there have never been any allegations that he did. He won’t tolerate anything like that. He is a good father. He simply does not tolerate physical violence or this kind of treatment of children or anyone.”
And in the future, Kevin wants to distance himself from Ruby and reunite his family. Kester revealed that the father “consulted with professionals” and worked to get his children back:
“We are working with the state of Utah through the juvenile court to work with them, seek direction from them on what they believe would be necessary to heal his family and try to find a way to reunite the family if possible . He works hard to do what he can to restore his reputation after it has been destroyed and damaged, and he becomes too affected by it all, although he himself is to some extent a victim of these continued psychological and mental manipulations was against him and his family from Jody. He’s just trying to bring some normality back into his life … and keep this family together and make sure they thrive and recover from this abuse.”
The children are reportedly still with the Department of Children and Family Services. We’ll have to see if they get back into Kevin’s care, but he seems determined to reunite his family amid this legal matter. Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know.
If you seriously suspect child abuse, call or go to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org.
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