Maryland Couple Charged with Child Neglect
Be careful what you post on YouTube. A Maryland couple responsible for a variety of what some have called disturbing videos has been charged with child neglect as a result of a deeper investigation into those postings.
According to reports, a Maryland couple came under fire after posting a series of videos to their YouTube channel depicting what they are calling pranks. The videos featured some of the couple’s children in harrowing situations, some causing obvious injury. The biological mother reported the videos to law enforcement officials, who began an investigation. Now, two of the children are back in custody of their biological mother.
Internet users and those familiar with the video platform also dug into the videos. Many people have deemed what has occurred in the videos to be child abuse. The couple, speaking on their own behalf, said that the situations depicted in the videos were scripted and were often the ideas of the children. In one video, a child was yelled at for spilling invisible ink. In that same video, the child was pushed and ended up with a nosebleed.
The couple will appear in court in early September. If they are ultimately convicted of child neglect, they each face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 for each charge. The attorneys for the couple have not made a comment to the media.
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