MOTIVATED MOM: In her time seeking children on the Internet, Nicole Eason has referred to herself as Big Momma and Momma Bear.Her term for informal custody transfers is "non-legalized adoption," and she defines the phrase to mean: "Hey, can I have your baby?" REUTERS/Samantha Sais Part 1: When a Liberian girl proves too much for her parents, they advertise her online and give her to a couple they’ve never met. KIEL, Wisconsin – Todd and Melissa Puchalla struggled for more than two years to raise Quita, the troubled teenager they'd adopted from Liberia.When they decided to give her up, they found new parents to take her in less than two days – by posting an ad on the Internet.
No attorneys or child welfare officials came with them.The Puchallas simply signed a notarized statement declaring these virtual strangers to be Quita's guardians. It was the first and the last time the couples would meet.To Melissa Puchalla, the Easons "seemed wonderful." Had she vetted them more closely, she might have discovered what Reuters would learn: • Child welfare authorities had taken away both of Nicole Eason's biological children years earlier.After a sheriff's deputy helped remove the Easons' second child, a newborn baby boy, the deputy wrote in his report that the "parents have severe psychiatric problems as well with violent tendencies." • The Easons each had been accused by children they were babysitting of sexual abuse, police reports show.They say they did nothing wrong, and neither was charged.• The only official document attesting to their parenting skills – one purportedly drafted by a social worker who had inspected the Easons' home – was fake, created by the Easons themselves.