At sentence in child abuse case, YouTube mom Ruby Franke apologizes

Franke said her YouTuber and business partner "manipulated" her.   

Franke told the judge she would not fight for a reduced sentence before honoring local police, physicians, and social workers as "angels" who protected her children from her when she was under the influence of her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt.    

A Utah mental health counselor who worked with Franke's youngest son before entering into business with her received four consecutive one-to-15-year sentences.   

A Utah state statute caps consecutive sentences at 30 years, thus the women will only spend 30 years. Their behavior in prison will influence how long they spend in prison, according to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.   

"I'll never stop crying for hurting your tender souls," Franke told her estranged children at the St. George sentencing court   

"You twisted my desire to sacrifice everything for you into something horrible. I took your pleasant, safe, and lovely things."   

Franke, 42, and Hildebrandt, 54, pled guilty to four charges of aggravated child abuse for trying to convince Franke's two youngest children they were evil, possessed, and needed punishment to repent   

The ladies were arrested at Hildebrandt's house in Ivins, southern Utah, last August after Franke's 12-year-old son escaped through a window and asked a neighbor to contact 911, according to a St. George Police Department 911 call.   

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