An Indiana father who adopted a six-year-old Ukrainian lady together with his spouse 2010, solely to then come to consider she was an grownup dwarf set on harming them, has claimed she threatened to kill somebody of their house.
Michael Barnett says Natalia Grace informed him: ‘I promise you inside 5 years somebody is lifeless.’
He has spoken out in a brand new documentary entitled The Curious Case of Natalia Grace, which can be launched in three components on Investigation Discovery (ID) beginning on Might 29.
Barnett and his spouse, Kristine, petitioned to have Natalia Grace’s beginning certificates modified and a decide agreed in 2012, making her 23 moderately than 9.
The Barnetts then rented an condo for Natalia Grace and fled to Canada with their three organic sons.
Barnett, within the trailer, is seen warning viewers that they’d be getting the ‘reality’ – however provides that they ‘may not like the reality.’
Michael Barnett adopted a Ukrainian lady they believed to be six in 2010. They now consider she was an grownup. In a brand new documentary, he claimed their new member of the family informed him: ‘I promise you, inside 5 years somebody is lifeless’
He claimed within the trailer that Natalia Grace is an ‘grownup sociopath masquerading as a toddler.’
He’s filmed sobbing and punching the ground, shaking with anger, whereas screaming that they had been ‘all abused.’
‘We had been all abused,’ he cries. ‘I hate this.’
Others within the trailer declare that nobody will ever know the reality of the weird story.
Michael and his spouse Kristine Barnett adopted Natalia on April 26, 2010, believing they had been taking house a six-year-old baby.
However issues shortly took a flip for the more severe once they stated she grew to become violent they usually suspected she was an grownup posing as a toddler.
They petitioned a probate courtroom to vary her beginning 12 months again 14 years, which was granted in 2012, legally altering the Ukrainian-born dwarf’s age from 9 to 23.
The household claimed Natalia was ‘informed her new birthdate on the orphanage in Ukraine’ earlier than transferring to the US and ‘threatened to stab’ their kids whereas dwelling with them in Layfette, Indiana.
‘She tried to poison and kill my spouse,’ Barnett claimed.
‘[And] one night time, I opened my eyes and Natalia is standing on the foot of the mattress with a knife in her hand.’
Michael and Kristine Barnett (pictured) adopted Natalia Grace in April 2010, believing they had been taking house a six-year-old baby, however issues shortly took a flip for the more severe once they stated they she grew to become violent they usually suspected she was an grownup posing as a toddler
The household claimed Natalia (pictured) was ‘informed her new birthdate on the orphanage in Ukraine’ and ‘threatened to stab’ their kids
‘I undoubtedly didn’t really feel secure round Natalia,’ their son Jake stated within the documentary.
The Barnetts left Natalia in Layfette, Indiana, after getting her an condo.
They had been later charged with neglect for abandoning a toddler, however the Barnett household claimed they had been victims of fraud.
Police stated on the time that Natalia was left to fend for herself for 3 years – regardless of having a uncommon type of dwarfism meaning she is three toes tall and has issues strolling.
In an unique interview with DailyMailTV in 2019, Kristine insisted there was a significant flaw within the case: Natalia was not a nine-year-old – as charging paperwork claimed. She was truly 22.
Within the emotional trailer, Michael could be seen slamming his fist into the bottom (left) and crying (proper) as he remembers his household’s story
The Barnetts had been charged with neglecting their baby after ditching Natalia within the early 2010s and transferring to Canada after they petitioned a courtroom to maneuver her beginning 12 months again 14 years, which was granted. In October 2022 and March 2023, their costs had been dropped
In a 2019 episode of Dr. Phil, Natalia denied being an grownup and her new mother and father even defended her, stating she was a ‘real loving lady’ and never an ‘grownup sociopath masquerading as a toddler.’
Regardless of her age being legally modified, the couple was nonetheless charged as a result of authorities stated she was depending on the Barnetts due to her dwarfism.
They initially additionally confronted costs for neglecting a toddler, however these had been dropped as a result of authorized age change and statute of limitations.
Barnett informed DailyMailTV that she and her household had been the true victims, after they had been terrorized for years by the mysterious impostor who threatened to stab them of their sleep, pushed her in the direction of an electrical fence and poured bleach in her espresso.
‘She would make statements and draw footage saying she wished to kill members of the family, roll them up in a blanket and put them within the yard,’ she informed DailyMailTV.
‘She was standing over individuals in the course of the night time. You couldn’t fall asleep. We needed to cover all of the sharp objects.
‘I noticed her placing chemical substances, bleach, Windex one thing like that, in my espresso and I requested her, ‘What are you doing?’ She stated, ‘I’m attempting to poison you.’
‘The media is portray me to be a toddler abuser however there isn’t any baby right here,’ stated Barnett.
In a 2019 episode (pictured) of Dr. Phil, Natalia denied being an grownup and her new mother and father even defended her, stating she was a ‘real loving lady’ and never an ‘grownup sociopath masquerading as a toddler’
The constructing in Lafayette, Indiana, the place Kristine and Michael Barnett rented an condo for Natalia to reside in after they left for Canada
‘Natalia was a girl. She had durations. She had grownup tooth. She by no means grew a single inch, which might occur even with a toddler with dwarfism.
‘The docs all confirmed she was struggling a extreme psychological sickness solely recognized in adults.
‘She was leaping out of transferring automobiles. She was smearing blood on mirrors. She was doing issues you can by no means think about somewhat baby doing.’
Nevertheless, their son Jake stated within the trailer his mom wasn’t totally harmless.
‘My mother isn’t one hundred pc harmless,’ their now-adult son informed Investigation Discovery.
Up to now, Michael accused his now-ex-wife of beating Natalia.
In October, Michael was acquitted of his costs.
Practically six months later, Kristine’s case could be dismissed three weeks earlier than trial.
The primary a part of The Curious Case of Natalia Grace will air on ID from 9-11pm on Might 29.