The chilling 911 call that led to the arrest of Ruby Franke and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, on charges of aggravated child abuse has been released.
In audio obtained by Fox News Saturday, Franke’s neighbor phoned police at 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 30 after a frightened boy arrived on his doorstep in Santa Clara, Utah.
“I just had a 12-year-old boy show up here at my front door asking for help, and he said he just came from a neighbor’s house, and we know there’s been problems at this neighbor’s house,” the man told an emergency dispatcher.
“He’s emaciated. He’s got tape around his legs. He’s hungry, and he’s thirsty,” the concerned man said, later adding that the boy “asked us to call the police” and that the child was “very afraid.”
“I don’t think he needs an ambulance. I’ll let the cops decide that, but his ankles are taped up, and he won’t tell us why. … There’s sores around him.”
“This kid has obviously been . . . he’s been detained. He’s obviously covered in wounds,” the neighbor said after choking up in tears.
“He says what happened to him was his fault.”
The child later identified his mother as Franke, revealing that he had come from Hildebrandt’s home and that neither of his parents were nearby.
The child also confirmed that other children were in Hildebrandt’s home but that they were not tied up.
Franke shares four minor children — Abby, 16, Julie, 14, Russell, 12, and Eve, 9 — with husband Kevin Franke. They also share children Shari, 20, and Chad, 18.
At one point during the call, the neighbor expressed that he was concerned Hildebrandt would “come looking” for the child, who had allegedly escaped through a window in her home.
The neighbor then insisted that they need the police there “as soon as possible.”
“She’s a bad lady, we didn’t realize how bad,” the man said of Hildebrandt.
The momfluencer and her ConneXions co-founder made their first courtroom appearances on Friday, in which the judge ruled that she and Hildebrandt remain in jail with no option for bail.
Ruby also claimed during a hearing via video Thursday that one of her minor children had molested “several” family members and neighbors for “years” and that the child had abused one of their siblings.
The disgraced YouTube vlogger also claimed that the child began watching pornography at 3 years old.
These claims were not substantiated, but the judge later ruled that the child in question should “be placed in a home with no other children.”
Ruby’s sibling Bonnie Hoellein spoke out after the arrest, sharing in a video posted to YouTube that the family did “as much as [they] could” to protect the children.