June 3, 2020: Ohio sheriff’s office is trying to locate YouTube star Myka Stauffer and her husband James’ autistic son Huxley after they ‘rehomed’ him and removed all images of him from Instagram
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YouTube star Myka Stauffer and her husband are being investigated by authorities in Ohio after revealing last week that they had ‘rehomed’ their adopted autistic son Huxley by handing him over to another family.
The bombshell admission that he had been rehomed has sparked furious backlash online and has already cost Myka her partnership with Kate Hudson’s sportswear company Fabletics and other lifestyle brands.
By Tuesday, it appears that Myka had scrubbed her Instagram page boasting more than 204,000 followers of all images showing the four-year-old Huxley, leaving behind only photos of her four biological children.
As BuzzFeed News first reported on Tuesday, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio has launched an investigation seeking to track down Huxley to make sure the child is safe.
Tracy Whited, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, told the news outlet it is working with ‘several other agencies’ to find the child.
‘ We’re very aware of this case,’ said Whited. ‘We are investigating, but it is an active case, and as such, we cannot divulge too much information just yet.’
A week ago, Myka, 32, and her husband, 34, posted an emotional video on their popular YouTube channel, saying they have decided to ‘rehome’ Huxley after adopting him from China in 2017.
James explained that he and his wife had discovered ‘there were a lot of special needs that we were not aware of.’
Myka and James cited medical privacy concerns for not explaining in detail why they decided to give Huxley up.
She has previously stated that the toddler has autism and brain trauma, and required a lot of specialized care.
In the video, which has gone viral and has been viewed 4.2million times in the last week, Myka said she has been told by ‘numerous medical professionals’ that Huxley needed ‘a different fit. He needed more.’
She added that an adoption agency had helped place Huxley with his ‘forever family’.
‘He’s thriving, he’s doing really well, and his new mommy has medical, professional training,’ she added.
After facing a barrage of criticism on social media, Myka allegedly responded in the comments, saying Huxley ‘wanted this decision 100 per cent.’ The message appears to have been deleted but is now circulating online.
‘Multiple scary things happened inside the home towards our other children, and if these events happened with one of my biological kids, after all the help and after the behaviors we witnessed sadly we would have no other choice then to seek help and get their needs met.’
The mom-of-four went on to insist that rehoming Huxley — who turns five this week — was what was best for him and something he wanted.
‘Huxley wanted this descion 100% we saw that in family time with other poeple [sic], he constantly chose them and signed with and showed tons of emotion to show us and let us know he wanted this,’ she explained. ‘Huxley never had a say in his adoption, and he needed more help and also wanted this and we know that 100%.’
Attorneys Thomas Taneff and Taylor Sayers who represent the Stauffers told BuzzFeed the parents had personally hand-picked ‘a family who is equipped to handle Huxley’s needs.’
The lawyers said the decision was made in consultation with multiple healthcare and education experts.
‘Over time, the team of medical professionals advised our clients it might be best for Huxley to be placed with another family. This is devastating news for any parent,’ the lawyers stated.
Many questions remain unanswered at this time, including: where is Huxley? Who helped the Stauffers transfer him to the new family? Have the new parents been vetted by anyone?
Neither Myka nor James have publicly commented on the controversy since releasing their tearful video.
When the Stauffers brought Huxley home from China in October 2017, Myka documented his international adoption on her YouTube channel, which now has more than 700,000 subscribers.
Myka also wrote about Huxley’s adoption and his special needs. In a piece she had penned for Parade in September, she said that they were surprised when they came home with their adopted son and realized his file was ‘inaccurate.’
‘Our son ended up having a stroke in utero, has level 3 autism, and sensory processing disorder,’ she wrote. ‘It took a lot of time to process and to readjust to his new diagnosis.’
She shared that Huxley receives ’30 hours of ABA [Applied Behavior Analysis] in-home therapy a week and goes to private preschool’ to help with his needs.
‘He is a great kid and his condition doesn’t involve that much overall care—all you need is a big heart and practice patience every day,’ she said.