Heather Martin, a.k.a. “MommyOFive,” is screaming. “Get your f—— a — up here!” she yells at Cody, her young son. Mike Martin — DaddyOFive to his family YouTube channel’s 750,000 subscribers — follows along behind with the camera as Cody runs upstairs. Soon, he is yelling, too: “What the hell is that?” There is ink all over the floor of Cody’s room. The boy begins to cry. “I didn’t do that,” he says, his face turning red. “I swear to God I didn’t do that.”
"The Saga of a YouTube Family Who Pulled Disturbing Pranks on Their Own Kids" is from the April 26, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abby Ohlheiser and narrated by Sam Scholl.