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YouTube stars under fire for giving up adopted autistic toddler

Myka and Huxley Stauffer Myka and Huxley Stauffer
Hannah Rogers | 30 May, 2020, 16:38

Since 2017 the couple received sponsorship deals and video revenue. "Huxley wanted this [decision] 100%".

The news that Huxley is living permanently with another family was revealed on Tuesday after followers noticed he had not been seen in a video for some time.

James Stauffer said that Huxley has "special needs" that the couple was not aware of when they adopted him.

BuzzFeed reports Myka and John Stauffer are a couple from Ohio.

The couple is being torched online for giving up their adopted son after three years, particularly after Myka built her brand as a mummy vlogger on adopting and raising a son with autism. "So, when you get like hurtful, insidious comments it just makes it hurt worse".

Myka Stauffer, who has more than 700,000 followers on her parenting YouTube channel, and husband James told their fans that they had given up adopted son Huxley due to his special needs.

In July 2016, the couple announced they planned to adopt a toddler from China, with plans to adopt another one from "Uganda or Ethiopia". He and Myka were reportedly told before the adoption that Huxley had a brain cyst and a brain tumor. After hesitating, the couple made a decision to proceed when "God softened our hearts", she wrote.

Sadly, two days ago Myka uploaded another announcement on her channel titled "an update on our family". They also asked followers to donate $5 towards supporting their son's needs, promising to write donors' names in a baby book. She added that an adoption agency had helped place Huxley with his "forever family".

The You Tube logo | Olly Curtis  Future via Getty Images
The You Tube logo | Olly Curtis Future via Getty Images

Detailed updates on Huxley's developmental progress were included, as well as clips of him. These "family vlog" channels have grown in recent years, with parents being able to make stay-at-home careers out of documenting the every day lives of their children from birth (labour vlogs) all the way through to puberty - which poses its own problems beyond ethics, with child predators seeking out these videos becoming a big problem. Myka Stauffer was quickly called out for her decision to "rehome" her child like he was a puppy that outgrew his home.

Myka explained the reason for their decision, stating "There wasn't a minute that I didn't try our hardest and I think what Jim is trying to say is that after multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit and that his medical needs, he needed more'".

That was the last video Huxley and James appeared in.

"The reason why we can't go into detail of what actually transpired is because we're truly going to protect Huxley's privacy and not let people know what happened, everything that went on - " James said.

Some who have followed the story for a while commented with messages of support.

"I'm sorry but you did fail as a mum".

But others accused the couple of "getting rid" of Huxley after making money from his experiences. "Although I am sure this is hard for all involved, it does not even compare to the loss this child has endured", one wrote. "International ADOPTION" video, Myka partnered with laundry company, Dreft, to offer a discount code on detergent.

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