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Ruby Franke's husband is suing Jodi Hildebrandt for emotional distress
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Kevin Franke claims in a new lawsuit that he and his children were victims of emotional distress and negligence by Jodi Hildebrandt, Ruby Franke’s business partner.

April 12, 2024, published at 7:45 PM ET

Ruby Franke‘s estranged husband has taken legal action against Jodi Hildebrandt, who pleaded guilty to abusing his children last year with his wife, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

In his lawsuit Kevin Franke alleged that he and his children were victims of alleged emotional distress and negligence by Jodi, a former therapist and also Ruby’s business partner.

Ruby, 42, and Jodi, 54, were YouTubers who ran a parenting guidance company until they were convicted of four counts each aggravated child abuse of the Frankes’ four children. In February, both women were convicted up to 30 years in prison.

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The new lawsuit alleges that Jodi Hildebrandt “acted with reckless disregard for the likelihood that he would cause emotional distress to Kevin and each of Kevin’s children.”

Kevin, who has since filed for divorce from Ruby, was never charged in connection with the child abuse.

He filed the lawsuit against Jodi in the Fourth Judicial District Court in Utah on Thursday, April 11, according to court documents obtained by a local news station. CUTV.

The lawsuit alleged that Jodi “acted with reckless disregard for the likelihood that he would cause emotional distress to Kevin and any of Kevin’s children.”

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Jodi and Ruby were sentenced to 30 years for child abuse in February.

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Her actions, according to the documents, “completely damaged and changed Kevin’s marriage (the children’s mother is in prison), and completely destroyed the individual psyches, personalities and behaviors of his children; essentially dismantling, exploding his family and his personal life.” to live.”

The lawsuit also details how Ruby secretly moved their four children into Jodi’s home in Ivins, Utah, in May 2023.

He alleged that between May 22, 2023, and August 20, 2023, two of the children suffered “severe emotional harm” and abuse, including being confined to the basement and restricted movement.

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The lawsuit details how Ruby secretly moved the Frankes’ four children into Jodi’s home in Ivins, Utah, in May 2023.

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He accused Jodi of the “physical torture” of an 11-year-old, who was allegedly “forced to perform physical tasks for hours” without “adequate” food or water.

He said a 9-year-old also suffered alleged injuries, claiming she was “forced to perform extreme and demanding physical tasks,” “physically forced or forced to jump into a cactus multiple times” and “repeatedly was told she was evil and possessed,” the lawsuit said.

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The couple split in August 2022 and Kevin moved out of their home.

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First responders allegedly found the child “in an emaciated condition, deprived of food and, although conscious, so emotionally traumatized and frightened that she would not communicate with them,” according to court records.

Kevin’s lawyer, Randy Kester, told PEOPLE: “We have filed charges against Jodi Hildenbrandt. We have not yet been able to file charges for the children because the state still has custody of them, but have filed charges in an attempt to preserve Hildebrandt’s wealth and assets until appropriate action can be taken taken to make the children healthy again.”

Jodi’s niece, Jessi Hildebrandtpreviously revealed to CUTV the alleged “severe” psychological and emotional abuse she says she suffered.

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“I experienced being tied up, I experienced being tied up, I experienced being blindfolded, I experienced severe isolation, I experienced severe emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse,” Jessi said.

Jodi and Ruby were arrested on August 30, 2023, after the Frankes’ 15-year-old escaped and went to a neighbor for help.

Kevin and Ruby became close with Jodi in 2021, the same year she founded ConneXions, an internet-based education program aimed at “helping” people thrive in their relationships.

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The father-of-four also recently revealed that Jodi moved in with the couple that year, where he became her ‘live-in exorcist’. RadarOnline.com reports this. Kevin told the Washington County State’s Attorney that he and Ruby were trying to help Jodi fight her “evil spirits” and “her [her] demons out.”

The couple split in August 2022 and Kevin moved out of their home, cutting off communication with almost everyone in his life.