The autistic son given up for adoption by parenting YouTuber Myka Stauffer and her husband James is ‘happy’ in his new home and already calls his new mom ‘momma’, according to authorities.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that no charges will be brought against the couple after concerns were raised for Huxley’s welfare last month when the Stauffers shared the news on their popular YouTube channels that they had ‘rehomed’ the four-year-old boy.
A redacted report on the investigation seen by Buzzfeed News said the little boy was ‘very happy and well taken care of’ by his new parents and that there were ‘no signs of any abuse’.
The report also stated the couple had told authorities they ‘couldn’t take care of him anymore’ because he had shown ‘severe aggression towards the other kids.’
This comes as the Stauffers are reportedly facing death threats over the scandal.
Authorities said they had met with the little boy and his ‘prospective adoptive parents’ on June 9 as part of the investigation into the adoption.
Deputy Susanna Leonard wrote that Huxley ‘seemed very active and showed no signs of any abuse from what I could visually see’, was already able to say the words ‘momma,’ ‘go,’ and ‘open’ and was communicating with his new mom through sign language.
‘When we walked into the office, [Huxley’s] adoptive mother was singing a song to him as he was sitting on her lap smiling,’ Leonard wrote in the report.
‘[Huxley] appeared to be very happy and well taken care of.’
Authorities also investigated and interviewed the Stauffers on June 4 and performed welfare checks on their four biological children, the report said.
The probe found no signs of abuse on any of the children.
The couple gave specific details about Huxley’s behavior and said they had hired a ‘very expensive’ full-time carer to ensure both him and their other children were safe, according to the report.
They said it was ‘an intolerable situation to continue’ and they had concerns it would get worse as Huxley grows older, the report stated.
Leonard went on to dispel concerns that the Stauffers had trafficked the little boy, after it emerged they had set up a GoFundMe to raise money for his adoption.
‘As far as the talk of possible human trafficking against [Huxley], it was determined that the process of his adoption is being conducted legally,’ Leonard wrote.
She wrote that the couple said they raised just $800 from the fundraiser which was used to screen an adoption agency – while the adoption set them back $42,000.
Leonard concluded that Huxley’s adoption was above board and was being legally facilitated through a private adoption agency.
No charges will be brought against the Stauffers and there will be no follow up investigation.
The couple created a social media storm when they shared a tearful video earlier in the month, revealing they had ‘rehomed’ Huxley because the boy has special needs that they were not equipped to meet.
The Stauffers, who have four biological children together, adopted Huxley from China in 2017.
The parents did not say where Huxley had gone, nor did they explain the process by which the child was matched with and handed over to his new family.
The bombshell admission sparked a furious backlash online and cost Myka, who runs a popular parenting blog, her partnership with Kate Hudson’s sportswear company Fabletics and other lifestyle brands.
Last Wednesday, Myka broke her silence over the controversy in an Instagram post where she apologized for ‘letting down so many women that looked up to me as a mother’.
‘I wanted to help so bad I was willing to bring home any child that needed me,’ she wrote in the post that has gained more than 12,700 likes.
‘For this I was foolish, naive, and arrogant. I wish so bad I was more prepared and done more.’
James is yet to address the scandal on his YouTube channel Stauffer Garage, about car cleaning and car detailing tricks.