Natalia Grace Barnett has been in the news recently over a wildly unbelievable situation. On Thursday she appeared on Dr. Phil to break her silence and to answer any questions about it all.
The girl is accused of pretending to be a young girl who is today supposedly 16 years old, but her former adopted family allege that she is really around 30.
She was allegedly 6-years-old when she was adopted, but the Barnetts (former adoptive family) say that she was much older.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Fox News reports,
A Ukrainian female adopted by an Indiana couple – and later abandoned by them after they claimed to have learned she lied about her age and was actually a 22- or even a 33-year-old woman – says the bizarre allegations against her aren’t true.
Natalia Barnett, an orphan with dwarfism, opened up about the accusations in an interview with Dr. Phil scheduled to air on his talk show Thursday. Her story drew attention nationwide in September, when her adoptive parents, Kristine Barnett, 45, and Michael Barnett, 43, were each charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent stemming from their move to Canada in 2013 — without Natalia, according to investigators.
The Barnetts, who are now divorced, adopted Natalia in 2010 and a doctor determined she was estimated to be around 8 years old. Natalia told the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department in September 2014 that she came to the U.S. “through an adoption” in 2008 from her native Ukraine and that the Barnetts adopted her two years later.
The whole thing is so crazy and it’s really difficult to discern who is being truthful. The Barnetts said that she constantly tried killing them and threatening to kill them, and that she had pubic hair and a menstrual cycle when she was 8.
After watching the program, I have come to my own conclusion that she is indeed 16 years old today. Let me know what you think down below.