Police are having no luck finding Huxley, the 5-year-old boy who was "rehomed" by Youtube vlogger Myka Stauffer and her husband James.
YouTube viewers lashed out at the couple after they gave up their adopted son because his autism and other special needs made him too difficult to handle.
The couple adopted Huxley from China in 2017 when he was 2-years-old.
The state of Ohio launched an investigation into the case, and the police are now involved because the boy can not be located in Ohio.
"We're very aware of this case," Tracy Whited, Delaware County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, told BuzzFeed News. "We are investigating, but it is an active case, and as such, we cannot divulge too much information just yet."
Buzzfeed confirmed that Huxley is not being cared for by the state of Ohio. The county sheriff's office said it's working with "several other agencies" to find Huxley.
Fans of the couple's popular YouTube channel began asking questions after pictures of the boy were removed from their Instagram account and they acted like he never existed.
The couple was criticized for exploiting Huxley for profit on their YouTube channel. According to Today, major brands cut ties with the couple following the intense backlash. Brands including Playtex Baby, Danimals, Suave, Chili's, and Big Lots have announced they will no longer partner with the Stauffers.
In response to the constant questions, the couple, who have four other children, recorded a video explaining that Huxley was "rehomed" with another family who could better address his needs.
The Stauffers said "numerous medical professionals" told them Huxley would need a "different fit."
"We've been trying to get his needs met and help him out as much as possible." James Stauffer said.
The backlash continues over a YouTube star who "rehomed" her Asian adopted son because the 3-year-old's special needs issues were too complex for her to handle.
YouTube viewers lashed out at vlogger Myka Stauffer and her husband James after they gave up their adopted son, Huxley, because his autism was too much to handle.
According to Today, major brands bailed on the couple following the intense backlash. Brands including Playtex Baby, Danimals, Suave, Chili's, and Big Lots have announced they will no longer partner with Stauffer.
Myka and James earn thousands of dollars a month on YouTube.com. Their revenue increased when they documented the difficulties trying to adopt baby Huxley from China in 2017.
In a post in 2017, Stauffer wrote that she knew he was "profoundly developmentally delayed" beyond what was detailed in the adoption paperwork.
After 3 years of documenting Huxley's every move, the Stauffers quietly stopped including him in social media photos, and went on with their lives as if he never existed.
In a tearful video - in response to her followers demanding to know where Huxley was - she claimed she wasn't aware of Huxley's autism or a newly diagnosed brain cyst.
The Stauffers' followers accused the couple of using little Huxley to create content for profit, then "rehoming" the boy with another family when they could no longer monetize him.
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".