Ruby Franke’s sister Bonnie insists family did ‘as much as we could’ to protect kids from alleged abuse

Ruby Franke’s sister Bonnie Hoellein insisted that the family did “as much as we could” to protect the six kids from the alleged abuse they endured.

Hoellein shared an emotional YouTube video Thursday evening, which has since been made private, where she said she and her siblings couldn’t “have really anticipated” the “8 Passenger” star’s arrest this week.

“My sisters and I, we are on the very same page. … and for the last three years we have truly clung onto each other, offering support to one another, and I don’t think any of us could have ever seen this coming,” she shared, holding back tears.

“We all did as much as we could legally, and you don’t know what you don’t know.”

Ruby and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, were arrested in Utah this week on suspicion of aggravated child abuse.

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Ruby Franke’s sister Bonnie shared an emotional YouTube video in which she insisted she and her siblings did “as much as they could legally” for the kids.
Bonnie Hoellein/YouTube

Police responded to a neighbor’s call who claimed an “emaciated” child showed up and begged for water, only to discover the kid had duct tape around their hands and feet.

The child, as well as an additional one, was transported to a nearby hospital, and Ruby and Hildebrandt were taken to Washington County jail where they remain held without bail.

The travesty has left Hoellein feeling “numb.”

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“The only thing that we ultimately care about is that our nieces and nephews are safe and they are,” she said in her YouTube video, which since has been marked private.
Bonnie Hoellein/YouTube

“The only thing that we ultimately care about is that our nieces and nephews are safe and they are,” Hoellein shared, noting that the allegations against her sister have been testing her “belief in God.”

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“I know that [the kids] will be taken care of,” she added. “I know the kids will be OK.”

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Ruby was arrested this week under suspicion of aggravated child abuse.

In the caption of the video, Hollein added, “It feels like a weight has been lifted as we now know our nieces and nephews are safe.”

Hoellein’s video came after the siblings released a joint statement explaining why they “kept quiet” about the alleged abuse.

As Page Six previously reported, the Franke kids who are minors are in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Ruby’s husband, Kevin, spoke out via his attorney saying his “urgent focus is simply to keep his children together under his fatherly care.”

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The “8 Passengers” star remains behind bars without bail.

Fans grew concerned about the welfare of the Franke kids after one since-deleted video featured Chad revealing he had been sleeping on a beanbag for seven months after having his bedroom taken away from him.

Another video featured Ruby sharing that she refused to bring her 6-year-old daughter’s lunch to school to teach her a lesson after she had forgotten it.

Ruby denied the abuse and instead insisted it was fans being “malicious.”

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