No one knows the exact age of Natalia Grace, the Ukrainian orphan at the center of an adoption scandal in Indiana. Natalia, who has a rare form of dwarfism that makes it difficult to gauge her age , was thought to be somewhere between 6 and 8 years old when she was adopted in by Michael and Kristine Barnett. But the Barnetts changed her age from 8 to 22 in , saying they believed their adopted child was actually an adult. Natalia's story went viral in September after her former adoptive parents were charged with neglect following a 5-year investigation into the case.
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Or was she actually an adult sociopath pretending to be a child and actively trying to kill them? Mehmet Oz poses on his True Crime series. In a bizarre story that spins a yarn echoing that horror movie starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard, Orphan , this gripping tale is actually a real-life case currently making international headlines. Indiana parents Michael and Kristine Barnett are accused of abandoning their eight-year-old daughter in Lafayette, when they moved with their three biological children to Canada.
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Or did the parents abandon Natalia, who was actually a minor, and flee to Canada? What is going on here? Kristine Barnett, 45, and her ex-husband Michael Barnett, 43, are the couple who adopted Natalia in May from a Florida adoption center and took her to their home in Indiana. In , they abandoned her in the U. Before making headlines for this case, Kristine was best known as an author and motivational speaker whose expertise was raising children with special needs.
A Ukrainian orphan has denied posing as a child and then threatening to kill the US family who had adopted her. Natalia Grace Barnett has denied claims by her former adoptive parents that she is a fully grown woman, close to I just know that a family came and visited me and after a while, they adopted me. Natalia, who has a form of dwarfism , says she had been under the care of several foster families in America before she was adopted by Kristine and Michael Barnett, who lived in Florida, in Kristine and Michael have said they were led to believe Natalia was six years old when they adopted her, but doubted her age, believing her to have been closer to 20 at the time.