Fri. Dec 8th, 2023

When police responded to an Ivins, Utah house to analyze stories of kid abuse, they discovered an emaciated, 12-year-old sufferer who informed police Jodi Hildebrandt tied them up with a rope and put cayenne pepper of their wounds

“The sufferer knowledgeable officers that ‘Jodi’ put the ropes on their ankles and wrists and that ‘they’ used cayenne pepper and honey to decorate the injuries,” reads an Aug. 31 search warrant from the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Division obtained by the Deseret Information.

The kid’s mom, in style YouTuber and household blogger Ruby Franke, and Hildebrandt, had been arrested that day and later charged with six counts of aggravated little one abuse.

The warrants, first obtained by the KSL Investigates staff by way of an open data request, give new perception into the police response on the day each ladies had been arrested. In response to the warrants, Franke’s little one was tied to the bottom with rope, had a cayenne pepper and honey paste smeared of their wounds, and duct tape was used to each bind the kid and gown the lacerations. Police additionally discovered two units of handcuffs, rope and duct tape in Hildebrandt’s house, detailed within the warrant.


Police had been first known as after the kid escaped Hildebrandt’s house, climbing by way of the window and strolling over to a neighbor’s to ask for assist. They had been thirsty, hungry and emaciated, in line with the person who known as 911.

When officers arrived, they “noticed the injuries and the malnourishment of (the kid) to be extreme, and he was transported to the Saint George Regional Hospital,” in line with the warrant.

Franke’s little one “was positioned on a medical maintain because of his deep lacerations from being tied up with rope and from his malnourishment,” the warrant reads. They had been “abnormally skinny and weak.”

The kid informed medical personnel and police that his wounds had been from the rope “that was used to tie the sufferer to the bottom.” It was Hildebrandt, recognized by the kid as “Jodi,” who put the rope round their ankles and wrists and used the cayenne pepper and honey combination to “gown the injuries,” the warrant reads.

The kid additionally informed officers {that a} 10-year-old and a 14-year-old siblings had been within the house when he escaped, in line with the warrant.

“In the course of the sweep, officers positioned one juvenile who was reluctant to talk to officers. The opposite juvenile has not been positioned,” the warrant reads. Franke’s 4 youngest youngsters had been later taken into state custody. Little one welfare proceedings with the Utah Division of Little one and Household Providers are ongoing.

Hildebrandt requested a lawyer and declined to speak to officers. However when police searched her house, they discovered two used medical gauze dressings close to a cayenne pepper and honey paste, in line with the warrants.

This picture from video supplied by the Utah State Courts reveals Jodi Hildebrandt throughout a digital courtroom look, Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in St. George, Utah. Hildebrandt, 54, and Ruby Franke had been charged with six felony counts of aggravated little one abuse after their arrests on Aug. 30 at Hildebrandt’s home in Ivins, Washington County. | Related Press

Within the paperwork, officers additionally write that Franke “left her three youngsters within the care” of Hildebrandt.

Officers additionally seized three iPhones and 5 Mac computer systems from the home.

After her arrest, Hildebrandt’s lawyer claimed she “skilled a life-threatening medical difficulty leading to her hospitalization for a number of days.” It’s unclear what precisely the medical difficulty is.


Each ladies had been scheduled to seem in courtroom on Monday, however the listening to was moved to “a date after October 5, 2023.” Attorneys mentioned there was “extra time wanted to evaluation copious quantities of discovery.”

Every rely of kid abuse carries a most penalty of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 effective.

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