Myka Stauffer and husband James ’not facing charges' after rehoming son Huxley
Myka Stauffer and husband James will ‘not be charged’ after rehoming their adopted son, Huxley.
The YouTube star caused controversy last month when she announced in a video that they had given up the four-year-old – who they had adopted two and a half years ago from China – after struggling with his special needs, something they claimed they had not been aware of.
It was later announced that Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was looking into the situation after receiving ‘several inquiries’ regarding Huxley’s ‘welfare’ – as he has autism and sensory processing disorder.
According to Buzzfeed, authorities have now said they will not file charges against the Stauffer family, as the little one is ‘safe’ with a new family.
A report obtained by the publication states deputies met with Huxley and his ‘prospective adoptive parents’ on 9 June, with Deputy Susanna Leonard saying at the time that the youngster ‘seemed very active and showed no signs of any abuse from what I could visually see’.
Susanna wrote that he was able to communicate with his potential adoptive mum, and showed no signs of abuse, writing: ‘[Huxley] appeared to be very happy and well taken care of.’
The documents added that it was determined that his adoption is being ‘conducted legally’.
‘At this time the investigation will be closed out with no further follow up from our office,’ she added.
A letter on the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Twitter page added that the ‘case is closed without any charges’.
The news comes after Myka – who is also mum to biological children Nakova, Jaka, Radley, and Onyx – spoke out about the situation in a lengthy statement on social media, insisting they did the right thing for everyone involved.
‘I want to first off apologise for the uproar and take full responsibility for all of the hurt that I have caused,’ she began on Instagram. ‘This decision has caused so many people heartbreak and I’m sorry for letting down so many women that looked up to me as a mother.
‘I apologise for being so naive when I started the adoption process, I was not selective or fully equipped or prepared. I received one day of watching at home online video training and gained my Hague adoption certification which was required by my accredited adoption agency.
‘For me, I needed more training.
‘I can’t say I wish this never happened because I’m still so glad Huxley is here and getting all of the help he needs.’
‘I also know that even though he is happier in his new home and doing better that he still experienced trauma and I’m sorry, no adoptee deserves any more trauma,’ she continued.
‘I wanted to help so bad I was willing to bring home any child that needed me. For this I was naive, foolish, and arrogant. I wish so bad I would have been more prepared and done more.
‘I wish the decision to disrupt never had to be made. Adoption and all special needs are amazing and I have a ton of respect for every adoptee, adoption parents, and special needs parent. I look up to you in a million ways. And I’m sorry for hurting the community in any way.’
Myka also remained adamant she didn’t adopt Huxley to gain more money from advertising on her YouTube videos.
‘And lastly I’m so sorry for letting you down. I also want to mention that mums need a safe place to ask for help when they are struggling,’ she added.
‘No questions asked. We love Huxley and know that this was the right decision for him and his future. Praying that Huxley only has the best future in the entire world.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office for a comment.
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