DeFranco, who was alarmed by both the ink prank video and their follow-up response, dug deeper into their channel and found other instances that he believed were cause for concern.
“As someone who was abused in their childhood, there are multiple ways to abuse your kid,” DeFranco says in his video. “There’s mentally and there’s physically.” DeFranco pulls footage from other DaddyOFive videos that suggest their pranks regularly target Cody — who seems the most resistant to and outspoken against the pranks. In one prank clip, Cody is seen being shoved into a bookcase.
Mom Heather Martin explains that she’s going to trick her son Cody by spraying disappearing ink on the floor of his room and blaming him
‘I didn’t do that!’ pleads Cody (right). ‘I don’t have anything with ink or whatever this is!’
Cody’s denials only send his parents into further fury, as they bawl out the boy.
‘You’re writing a thousand sentences,’ dad Mike yells. ‘I’m gonna have to sell all your Pokemon stuff!’
The bewildered boy breaks down in tears as the prank drags on, before Heather finally reveals that she sprayed the disappearing ink on the floor.
‘It’s just a prank, brah,’ the dad tells the stunned boy. ‘You guys got pranked hard.’
The bewildered boy sobs as the prank drags on, before Heather finally reveals that she sprayed the disappearing ink on the floor
‘I was about to flip out and start breaking things,’ Cody confesses.
The stunned kid even does the outro for the video at his dad’s request, plugging the family’s social media and asking viewers to like and follow the YouTube channel.
The harsh prank drew scorching criticism from many who viewed the screaming, cursing parents as child abusers.
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