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Couple Behind Popular 'DaddyOFive' YouTube Channel Face Abuse Charges For Viral Prank Videos

"You know, it was more for shock value. We were going for shock value."

Heather and Michael Martin, two YouTubers who garnered fame from their controversial Web show 'DaddyOFive,' in which they pull "pranks" on their children, are now being charged with two counts of neglect of a minor.

According to People, both potentially face up to five years in prison should they be found guilty.

Earlier this summer, the couple lost custody of their children after concerns were raised about their parenting. Videos of the two berating and cursing loudly at their kids and destroying their toys until they cried garnered the pair an audience of over 700,000 subscribers, but raised suspicions about their capabilities as mature adults. The children were returned to their biological mother, Rose Hall. The videos have since been removed.

The Martins have been defending themselves by claiming their YouTube show was scripted. “We love our kids. They’re the most important thing in the world to us. We made poor parenting choices by portraying ourselves this way. But we are not bad people," said Heather. 

“This just — it started out as family fun. It started with me and my kids… They would get excited when they would get a lot of views. You know, it was more for shock value. We were going for shock value," added Michael.

The Frederick News Post reports that the couple have reached a plea deal with prosecutors, but more details were not made available.

[Photo: YouTube]

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