As one of the worst parents of 2017, Mike and Heather Martin are parents who abused their children for fame. The Maryland couple created YouTube accounts and online aliases in 2015 named DaddyOFive and MommyOFive, where they would post daily "prank" videos, often at the expense of their five children. The blended family includes Mike's two children from another marriage, Cody and Emma, along with Heather's three sons.
The videos inadvertently document child abuse while posing as pranks. Young Cody is often accused of bad behavior and is picked on by Mike, Heather, and the older kids. The videos were controversial due to the extreme measures the parents would go to seemingly for more views. YouTube crimes are not uncommon or unheard of, but it is always sad to see when children are involved. YouTube channels can become very profitable, and sometimes people let the popularity and money blind them from what is right and wrong. Continue reading to learn more the DaddyOFive incident below.
The Parents Poured Disappearing Ink In The Child's Bedroom And Screamed At Him Over It
This supposed prank video is hard to watch. The video starts with Heather Martin holding a bottle of invisible ink, explaining how she is going to "prank" Cody by pouring the ink on his bedroom floor and then blame him for it. Martin pours ink all over the floor and then proceeds to scream and curse at the top of her lungs at Cody and his brother, Alex, for making a mess.
If that's not bad enough, her husband Mike joins in to scream at Cody and at one point, one of the older kids also tries to make Cody feel bad as well. While sobbing, Cody pleads his innocence while his parents yell at him, tell him he's lying, and explain various forms of punishment they intend to use, such as taking his game console away and selling all of his Pokemon stuff. The video ends with the parents laughing, explaining, "It's just a prank, bruh." What's even more sickening is that at the end of the video, the parents have Cody, who is still red from his crying and begging, promote their YouTube channel.
The Father Encouraged Kids To Slap Each Other Across The Face During A Bottle Game
What could go wrong when playing a game with a group of elementary-aged kids where you flip a bottle and if it doesn't land right-side up, you get slapped across the face? Martin actually felt that this would be a great game for his kids to play. Cody was the first to play and his bottle does not land right-side up, so he gets slapped by his brother, Alex.
Cody decides he no longer wants to play after being slapped. Next, sister Emma joins in. Martin reminds his sons and the camera that, “You know you don’t hit girls, but she’s your sister so she don’t count.” Emma's bottle doesn't land in the proper position, so Alex slaps her across the face with noticeable force. Emma proceeds to cry and goes and sits in the corner, away from the game. Cody then decided to throw a bottle at Alex's head for his violent slap toward Emma, leaving a noticeable lump on Alex's head. The older brothers begin playing each other and Martin decides that the slap across the face is probably too rough and changes the rules so that the kids get slapped on the belly instead.
Mom Pranks Dad With Fake Robbery And He Pulls Out A Gun
In this video, Heather Martin and two of her sons decide to prank Mike Martin, the father. Heather goes over the plan with her two boys, explaining what each of them will be doing during the prank. Martin decides to pretend the house is being robbed by setting off the security alarm in the house. She then has the two boys wearing masks and using deep voices to disguise their voices while pretending to be burglars.
Mike wakes up to the sounds of the alarm and his wife screaming at him that someone is in the house. He comes downstairs with a gun, warning the robbers that he is armed. Heather then informs her husband that it was just a prank and that the masked men were their sons. Mike is visibly upset and insists they turn off the cameras. The police end up coming to the house because of the alarm going off (not shown in the video, only mentioned) and Mike takes the camera and films his wife talking about the police interaction.
At some point during Heather's "interview," she states that the prank would have been even funnier if "one of them gingers" came downstairs during the fake robbery and squealed. Of course, the two "gingers" that Heather is referring to are her step-children, Mike's two kids Cody and Emma, who appear to receive the brunt of the abuse.
The Father Pulls A Prank On Cody, Where He Tells His Son That He Is Putting Him Up For Adoption
The video starts with Martin talking about how impressed he is to have 20,000 likes on a video he posted to YouTube and goes on to show a video he made, pranking his young son, Cody. In the video, Martin informs Cody that he gave him up for adoption (for a month) and that Cody was going to be sent to live with another family.
Martin's wife joins in on the prank, letting Cody know that he will not be allowed to play Xbox at his new home. Cody asks his father if he's giving him to another family because he doesn't like him and his father replies by telling him he likes him, but that he's annoying. Cody begins to cry and act violently toward his dad. The video continues for a little over fourteen minutes of Cody throwing a tantrum before the parent's decision to tell Cody it was all a prank. Cody ends up apologizing to his father through sobs, explaining he thought they were serious about giving him up for adoption.