Chelsea O'Donnell had been discovered safe and well by police earlier in August after going missing from the family home in South Nyack, New York.
Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted daughter Chelsea has left home to move in with her birth mother, a representative for the actress has revealed.
O’Donnell’s publicist Cindi Berger confirmed to People magazine that Chelsea “made the decision” herself when she turned 18 on Monday this week (August 24th) to live with her biological mother, Wisconsin resident Deanna Micoley. “Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. This was her choice.”
ROSIE O'DONNELL's daughter Chelsea was found safe after going missing earlier this month
O’Donnell, who adopted Chelsea as a two-month-old baby in 1997, will not be commenting further on the matter. She has two other adopted children and one biological child with ex-wife Kelli Carpenter, and another adopted daughter with ex Michelle Rounds.
Earlier in August, O’Donnell made an emotional plea to the public to help track down her daughter after she went missing for more than a week. She was eventually found safe by police in New Jersey eight days ago, in the home of alleged drug addict Steven Sheerer.
O’Donnell revealed that Chelsea suffers from mental illness, and had been off her medication at the time of her disappearance on August 11th. Berger said in a statement at the time: “He [Sheerer] was involved with a minor, and Rosie's concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter. Rosie is profoundly appreciative for the work the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has done and the diligence of the local police.”
25 year old Sheerer appeared in court in New Jersey on Monday, charged with child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor – he is accused of sending the then-17-year-old girl a nude photograph. Prosecutors state that he faces up to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty of the offences.
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