"This was her choice," the star's publicist says of the 18-year-old's decision to move to Wisconsin
Rosie O’Donnell‘s daughter Chelsea has decided to move in with her birth mother, Wisconsin resident Deanna Micoley, PEOPLE has confirmed.
“Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. This was her choice,” O’Donnell’s publicist Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE. O’Donnell is not commenting on her daughter’s decision.
The comedian adopted Chelsea, who turned 18 Monday, in 1997.
Earlier this month, the teen went missing for a week. She was later found by police in the New Jersey home of alleged heroin addict Steven Sheerer. O’Donnell revealed Chelsea suffers from mental illness and had been off her medication at the time of her disappearance.
Sheerer, 25, appeared in court in New Jersey Monday on charges of child endangerment and for allegedly sending Chelsea a nude photograph. She was 17 at the time of the alleged crimes. He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted, and is currently being held at Ocean County Jail.
In a series of tweets last week, O’Donnell referenced Sheerer’s alleged criminal past, including drug-related arrests. At the time, Berger said in a statement to PEOPLE: “He 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.”