Yahoo shuts down unwanted kids forums

Nicole Eason likes being a mom because it makes her feel important. (Reuters photo)

Nicole Eason likes being a mom because it makes her feel important. (Reuters photo)

As a casual observer of other people’s children, I’ve often pondered why sane moms and dads don’t give the more obnoxious youngsters away.

I figured most parents stick with it because they love their kids and remember their own childhood, which probably included some familial torment.

Also, I assumed, it would be a major legal hassle to dump Junior (and his creepy taxidermy hobby) off on someone else.

I was wrong.

It turns out you can give someone “power of attorney” and they can pretty much take Junior off your hands for good.

“Underground” online forums make it easy.

Or it was easy until Reuters published an article about it. Now Yahoo and Facebook have shut down multiple forums where disgruntled and prospective parents swapped children like used cars, only without having to get the government involved.

The Reuters article is frightening and shows how little oversight there is on “re-homing kids.”

Todd and Melissa Puchalla, from Illinois, adopted an 8-year-old girl from Liberia but decided to give her up due to her severe health and behavioral problems.

Instead of taking her to an orphanage, they listed her on the Internet.

A few weeks later, the girl was living in an Illinois  trailer with Nicole and Calvin Eason. No child welfare officials or attorneys were involved, just a notarized document similar to a receipt that is never filed with any agency.

The Easons and the girl, Quita, soon went missing. They left two chained puppies behind.

It turns out authorities had taken away both of Nicole’s biological children because she and Todd have “severe psychiatric problems … with violent tendencies.”

Children accused the couple of sexual abuse.

The only document attesting to the couple’s parenting skills is one they made up to show parents of unwanted kids.

Nicole Eason likes being a mom because it makes her feel important. And getting disruptive kids is cheaper than a real adoption, which can costs tens of thousands of dollars and involves annoying things like rules and regulations.

And there’s tax breaks. Nicole and Todd can legally apply for tax deductions and draw more government benefits.

Nicole Eason spoke to Reuters and described her parenting style:

“Dude, just be a little mean, OK? … I’ll threaten to throw a knife at your ass, I will. I’ll chase you with a hose,” she said. “I won’t leave burns on you. I won’t leave marks on you. I’m not going to send you with bruises to school.”

It’s not all bad though. She will feed and tickle a child when they need it.

Quita, now 21, survived the “nightmare.”

Authorities tracked the Easons to New York and returned Quita to the Puchallas, who still didn’t want her.

Police said no crime had been committed.

Nicole Eason began looking online for another child.

By the time she picked up the new “disruptive” child, a 10-year-old boy, she also had a new man, who would later be sentenced to federal prison for trading child porn. Reuters has that story too.

The Reuters investigation turned up 260 kids being offered by parents on one of several Yahoo groups the Internet giant shut down after being contacted by the news agency.

A Nebraska woman offered an 11-year-old she adopted from Guatemala: “I am totally ashamed to say it but we truly hate this boy.”

Another ad offered a “handsome” Indian boy “obedient and eager to please.”

A 4-year-old Haitian boy was available because his adoptive mom didn’t like that he kissed her 2-year-old biological daughter. “I hate my home because all we do is scream and now I am beginning to feel like a monster,” she wrote.

She got that last bit right.

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15 comments Add your comment

Trojan Man: Preventer of Unwanted 'Kidz'

September 10th, 2013
8:54 am

From what we see daily on the streets of Atlanta, does it seem like people from all over the country have dumped their unwanted, often illegitimate ‘Kidz’ off on us to rob, steal, kill, panhandle and perform their very UN-wanted American Idol auditions for the captive audience of other MARTA passengers trapped aboard the trains with them?

joe

September 10th, 2013
9:46 am

The idea that you can basically just “give” away a child to God Knows What out there lurking on the internet is totally sickening. Kudos to yahoo and facebook for shutting down these sites. If people don’t want the kids, there should be some legit oversight to it, not simply dropping them off at some trailer park child porn studio.

PR

September 10th, 2013
12:01 pm

Look at her…worthless fatazz POS

Bumper

September 10th, 2013
12:22 pm

“…they listed her on the Internet.”

I get much better results listing my unwanted kids on craigslist.

gtalum06

September 10th, 2013
12:49 pm

I think the worst part of all of this is summed up right here: “Police said no crime had been committed.”

How is it not criminal to trade kids off like that… especially if someone who’s had kids removed from the home already is on the receiving end!? Then there’s this: “The only document attesting to the couple’s parenting skills is one they made up to show parents of unwanted kids.” Falsifying documents is okay too???

This whole thing is pretty sick…

FarTrain

September 10th, 2013
12:57 pm

Just another typical “Obama-sponsored stay-at-home MOM” in the photo. This is what it has come to folks! Sad isn’t it?

lk

September 10th, 2013
12:58 pm

I don’t understand how people live with themselves after making a commitment to a child, disrupting them from the only culture they know and giving them to a possibly horrible life.

KLR

September 10th, 2013
1:22 pm

sorry FarTrain…but she looks like she’s been sponsored by every president since Taft….j/s

joe

September 10th, 2013
2:13 pm

Anyone notice the child’s seat/thing on the right in the photo? Looks broken to me…accident waiting to happen. #momoftheyear…not.

Grasshopper

September 10th, 2013
2:33 pm

There’s probably a child or two buried beneath all that flab.

amanda

September 10th, 2013
2:38 pm

ummm.. ya think she could get dressed for the photo! nah..

Shaking My Head

September 10th, 2013
2:45 pm

So sad. So incredibly, incredibly sad for these poor kids.

Repulsed

September 10th, 2013
3:49 pm

Do you think it gets of that chair?

Catlady

September 10th, 2013
3:50 pm

Enter your comments heresy, so sad but we teachers see this often.

Catlady

September 10th, 2013
3:51 pm

Amanda, she IS dressed up.