Investigation by Viewers Uncovers Clue About Missing Adopted Son in Myka and James Stauffers’ Vlogs

Viewers notice missing car seat in Stauffers’ vlogs, sparking questions about adopted son Huxley

Myka and James Stauffer with their children. (PHOTO: MYKA STAUFFER/INSTAGRAM)
Myka and James Stauffer with their children. (PHOTO: MYKA STAUFFER/INSTAGRAM)

In 2020, dedicated viewers of Myka and James StauffersYouTube vlogs noticed a significant change in the family’s videos: the sudden absence of their adopted son, Huxley.

This prompted a wave of speculation and an informal investigation by their followers, which eventually uncovered evidence that Huxley was no longer with the family.

The Stauffers, who are based in Ohio, had adopted Huxley from China over two years prior and frequently featured him in their family vlogs. However, keen observers noted that Huxley was missing from recent videos, leading to growing concerns about his well-being and whereabouts.

The first hint of something amiss came in April 2020, when James posted a video on his auto maintenance channel, Stauffer Garage.

In the footage, viewers noticed that Huxley’s car seat was no longer in the backseat of the family car.

This sparked immediate speculation among subscribers, who began questioning the absence of the four-year-old.

Further fueling the suspicions, comments inquiring about Huxley’s absence were reportedly deleted from the channel, and videos featuring Huxley were made private or removed entirely.

Myka and James Stauffer. (PHOTO: MYKA STAUFFER/INSTAGRAM)
Myka and James Stauffer. (PHOTO: MYKA STAUFFER/INSTAGRAM)

The sudden and unexplained disappearance of Huxley from the Stauffers’ content led followers to believe that the couple was hiding something significant.

In response to the growing speculation, Myka and James eventually posted a confessional video, revealing that they had decided to place Huxley with a new family.

They explained that this decision was made after consulting with medical professionals who advised that a different family might be better equipped to meet Huxley’s special needs.

Huxley, who was diagnosed with autism, required more specialized care than the Stauffers felt they could provide.

The Stauffers’ decision to seek adoption dissolution was met with widespread backlash. Critics accused the couple of exploiting Huxley for views and then discarding him when caring for him became too challenging.

In the face of this criticism, the Stauffers’ lawyers issued a statement to PEOPLE in May 2020, defending their clients’ actions.

Thomas Taneff and Taylor Sayers, the Stauffers’ lawyers, emphasized that the decision to rehome Huxley was made with his best interests in mind.

They stressed that the Stauffers had consulted extensively with healthcare and educational professionals who ultimately recommended the placement of Huxley with another family.

The lawyers also clarified that the new placement did not involve the foster care system but rather a hand-selected family capable of addressing Huxley’s needs.

'An Update on Our Family' docuseries. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, VOX MEDIA STUDIOS)
‘An Update on Our Family’ docuseries. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, VOX MEDIA STUDIOS)

Despite the legal defense, the backlash persisted. Myka eventually deleted her personal YouTube channel as well as the family channel, The Stauffer Life.

In June 2020, she posted a lengthy apology on Instagram, marking her final public statement on the matter. In her post, Myka expressed regret for the pain and confusion caused by the situation and apologized to those who felt let down by her actions.

“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,” Myka wrote.

She took “full responsibility” for the “hurt” caused and acknowledged that she had been navigating an incredibly difficult situation.

Myka explained that the family had faced unexpected and challenging incidents in their journey with Huxley, and they had been trying their best to handle the situation.

She expressed her sorrow for not being able to share more details earlier and for the distress this caused their followers.

The Stauffers’ story, including the moment when viewers first suspected that Huxley was no longer with the family, has been revisited in a new docuseries by Vox Media Studios titled “An Update on Our Family.”

The series delves into the entire saga, exploring the impact on the Stauffers, Huxley, and their followers.

While the Stauffers and Huxley’s new family have not commented further, the situation remains a poignant reminder of the complexities and challenges involved in adoption, especially when caring for a child with special needs.

The Stauffers’ case highlights the importance of ensuring that adoptive families are fully prepared and supported in meeting the needs of their children, no matter how difficult the circumstances may become.

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