It appears Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted daughter Chelsea was not so happy to be back home after running away on Aug. 11. The now 18-year-old has decided to leave home once again, this time to live with her birth mother.
“Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother,” O’Donnell’s spokeswoman, Cindi Berger said in a statement (via CNN). “This was her choice.”
According to TMZ, Chelsea recently made contact with Wisconsin resident Deanna Micoley, who drove from her home state to come pick up Chelsea in New York on her 18th birthday Monday. They’ll reportedly live together in Wisconsin for the time being, despite O’Donnell, 53, urging her to do otherwise. Micoley gave Chelsea up for adoption in 1997 and she has been in O’Donnell’s care ever since.
Rosie O'Donnell -- Daughter Leaves Home to Live With Birth Mother http://t.co/QTXTJpZMTo
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 26, 2015
The news comes just a little more than a week after Chelsea was found by police once O’Donnell reported her missing. The former “The View” co-host wrote a message on her personal blog and tweeted photos of Chelsea alerting all of her followers that her adoptive daughter was missing. Luckily, she was eventually found unharmed in Barnegat Light, a town located near the Jersey Shore, according to Us Weekly. She was there with a man named Steven M. Sheerer, who has since been arrested due to his involvement in the incident.
Chelsea had met Sheer through the mobile dating app Tinder, where the outlet reports he was led to believed she was over 18; at the time she was still 17-years-old. According to People, Sheerer, 25, was arrested on Aug. 21 after police uncovered evidence that he’d sent Chelsea nude photos of himself. He appeared on court Monday, the same day that Chelsea reportedly made the move to Wisconsin, to face charges of distribution of obscenity to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. A report from Us Weekly notes that Sheer's attorney’s claims his client was reasonable in his belief that Chelsea was over 18 based on the way the Tinder app is supposed to arrange its users into age groups.