A couple who documented on a popular YouTube channel their life with an autistic toddler adopted from China are facing a backlash after they revealed he had been placed with another family.
Myka Stauffer and her husband James, based in Ohio, produced videos about Huxley’s adoption and his challenges.
Since 2017 the couple received sponsorship deals and video revenue.
While some understood the decision, critics accused the pair of exploiting Huxley to build their YouTube career.
The news that Huxley is living permanently with another family was revealed on Tuesday after followers noticed he had not been seen in a video for some time.
The couple said unspecified behavioural issues from Huxley had made life too difficult for the family, which includes four other children.
Content on the couple’s YouTube account The Stauffer Life has now been deleted.
“Extremely depressed reading about the influencer who raised funds to adopt a son, made this her ‘brand,’ discovered he has special needs, secretly rehomed him, ” wrote journalist Sophie Ross on Twitter.
Adopted children “aren’t a dog you adopted from the pound that you get to return in 14 days if they aren’t a good fit… gross”, commented another Twitter user, one of thousands to post negative reaction.
The couple began sharing videos about their family life in 2014 and Mrs Stauffer’s own YouTube channel Myka Stauffer grew to more than 700,000 subscribers this year.