YouTube viewers lashed out at vlogger Myka Stauffer and her husband James after they gave up their adopted son, Huxley, because he was too much to handle.
Myka and James earn thousands of dollars a month documenting their family on YouTube.com. The Stauffers have three biological children.
Their revenue increased when they documented the difficulties of trying to adopt baby Huxley from China.
The couple celebrated when they were finally approved to adopt Huxley in 2017 when he was a baby.
Stauffer, of Ohio, told her 700,000+ YouTube subscribers he had “stolen” their hearts. Their subscribers were genuinely happy for them.
But this week, the couple confessed to rehoming Huxley, a 3-year-old who has special needs.
In a new video, Stauffer revealed that Huxley would be going to a “new forever home” after discovering he had additional medical needs beyond his autism and a brain cyst.
“After multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit in his medical needs,” Stauffer said in her tearful video. “He needed more.”
The couple’s decision drew intense criticism on Twitter and other online platforms, as many accused her of exploiting the boy for profit and giving him up when he was no longer profitable to them.
One viewer wrote: “I’m sorry but you did fail as a mum. You wouldn’t have given up your own child.”
Stauffer claimed the accusations were “insidious” and “hurtful.” She added: “Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 per cent.”
Stauffer also claimed that she and her husband have not shared “95 per cent of the struggles” they had with Huxley and she could not share any more details out of respect for the boy’s privacy.
The YouTuber went on to say that she and her husband have been updated on his progress and experts found him a family “they felt would ultimately be the best fit”.