DaddyOFive YouTube couple get sentence reduction for child neglect

Mail Online | 10/17/2016 | Keith Griffith For
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The husband and wife who posted so-called 'prank' videos on YouTube of themselves apparently abusing their children have had their probation sentence reduced.

On Tuesday, a Maryland judge reduced the probation of Ijamsville residents Mike and Heather Martin from from five years of supervised probation to probation before judgement.

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The lighter sentence does not include supervision, and allows the couple to seek expungement of their child neglect convictions after three years, according to WUSA-TV.

The couple were originally sentenced in September of 2017 after their videos under the now-defunct 'DaddyOFive' account, which had 700,000 followers, sparked online backlash and a criminal investigation.

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In more than 300 now-deleted videos, the couple smashed up their son's XBox, framed him for spilling ink on the floor and pushed him into a bookcase, apparently giving him a bloody nose.

Now, the couple are banned from filming the children, who have been in their biological mother's custody since authorities began investigating in 2017.

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At Tuesday's hearing, Judge Theresa M. Adams reiterated the probation condition, writing: 'Shall not video/upload videos and continue removing them.'

During the original sentencing, a neuropsychologist was quoted as saying the Martins' behavior was linked to 'observable, identifiable and substantial impairments of their [children's] mental or psychological ability to function,' the Baltimore Sun reported.

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The neuropsychologist's claims were entered into court by Frederick County Assistant State's Attorney Lindy Angel.

She said the doctor, who worked for Frederick County Child Protective Services, had spoken to 11-year-old Emma and 10-year-old Cody Martin during the investigation.

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Cody was a common target in the videos, and was the child who apparently suffered a bloody nose - although Mike Martin later claimed it was fake blood.

Both children are biologically related to Mike; Heather is their stepmother. The three other children, who are Heather's biological children and Mike's stepchildren, were not included...
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