Ohio native Myka Stauffer, the YouTube and Instagram star who adopted an autistic boy from China named Huxley and then monetized videos of the adoption process, could face legal charges as the Delaware County Sherriff’s Office has started investigating her after receiving numerous inquiries regarding the welfare of the boy.
As a reminder, we reported on Myka Stauffer last week after the admitted having ‘re-homed’ her disabled adoptive son as the care for him became ‘too hard’ for the couple to bare. Many of Myka’s 700,000 YouTube followers were outraged at the treatment of the child and stated that he had been placed ‘on the side’ as he was ‘no longer profitable’. The Stauffer family has not granted interviews since and on their YouTube channel all videos of Huxley have been deleted.
Myka Stauffer released a statement after the ordeal blew up on social media, claiming that unspecified ‘scare things’ happened to her other children. She stated: “we would never just give up a child with special needs, this is a personal matter to hux. It had nothing to do with he just had autism. 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.”
However, the Stauffer family now faces further investigation as the Delaware County Sherriff’s Office admitted they have started an investigation into the child’s welfare, given the many questions received from the public.
Tracy Whited, the spokesperson for the Sherriff’s Office admitted that: “Our primary concern is for the well-being of this child, as well as the other children in the household.”
“Our investigation is ongoing, and will include contact with all children to ensure their safety. All adoption cases are confidential, and must go through a thorough process, with specific requirements and safeguards. In private adoptions there are the same legal requirements that must be adhered to. These include home studies as well as background checks on the adopting parent(s). In this case we are confident that the appropriate process is occurring.”
Adoption agencies in the US are also concerned that other parents might get ‘wrong ideas’ from the Stauffer’s family’s handling of the matter. Susan Soonkeum Cox, VP for policy and external affairs for Holt International, a major adoption agency, commented: “Putting it on social media and describing it as, ‘We found another family,’ well what does that mean?”
“Did they go through an agency? Was there another home study done on the other family? That part is highly unusual.”