Mom Says Adopted Daughter, 9, Was Actually 22-Year-Old Who Tried to Kill Her

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Adoption is always a risky move.

Welcoming a child into your family and home is a huge step to take, and it is one of a selfless and caring nature.

But when adopting a child who is already a few years old, it is sometimes unknown as to what background they have come from.

A mom from Indiana made claims that their 9-year-old adopted daughter, who came from Ukraine, was, in fact, a twenty-two-year-old sociopath who had murderous intentions.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this bizarre story of neglect and false identities…

For couples who sadly cannot conceive their own biological child, many turn to adoption in a bid to be parents and to give a child a second chance at life.

It isn’t always clear as to what background and upbringing they have come from, and this can determine their behavior when entering a new family home.

The movie Orphan created a stigma around adopting mysterious children…

The movie follows the story of a couple who adopt a nine-year-old girl after losing their own baby. But their new child actually turns out to be an escaped convict posing as an innocent child and she begins tormenting the unfortunate family.

Despite Orphan being fictional…

It appears a story very similar happened in real life.

Kristine Barnett and her now ex-husband Michael Barnett adopted Natalia – a six-year-old girl from Ukraine – back in 2010.

Kristine and Michael were hailed as “exemplary” parents who raised a “child genius.” Jake was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, but he had his first academic paper published at the age of twelve and by fifteen, he was studying at a prestigious physics institute.

In an interview with Daily Mail TV, Kristine insisted that she treated Natalia as if she were her own. “I always wanted to have a larger family and I had very severe complications in my pregnancies and was unable to have more children,” she explained.

A few details were given in regards to Natalia’s background: she had been in the U.S. for 2 years, had a Ukrainian birth certificate reading September 4th, 2003, and needed a home immediately because her previous adoptive parents suddenly gave her up – for undisclosed reasons.


“Out of compassion for their situation I didn’t want to press them for information on what had gone wrong,” Kristina went on to say.
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“Natalia was extremely nervous. You could see she was going to need a lot of support and care. We did notice immediately in the parking lot that she couldn’t walk. There was nothing in the paperwork stating that.”

She got up and ran into the ocean, after claiming for weeks that she couldn’t walk. “With that, she just got up and ran into the ocean. I remember looking at Mike and thinking, what’s going on? She couldn’t walk a second ago and now she just got up and ran,” Kristine recalled.

“I was giving her a bath and I noticed that she had full pubic hair. I was so shocked. I had just been told she was a 6-year-old and it was very apparent she wasn’t,” she added. Natalia also shunned toys and dolls, sought the company of teenage girls, and began to use very sophisticated vocabulary that was much too advanced for a child of her supposed age.

“I saw her putting chemicals, bleach, Windex something like that, in my coffee and I asked her, what are you doing? She said, ‘I am trying to poison you,'” Kristina recalled in horror.

More and more evidence built to suggest Natalia wasn’t at all a child…

Kristina soon began finding bloody clothing in the trash, which suggested that Natalia was having periods and was trying to conceal the evidence – again, extremely rare for a 6-year-old.

Her behavior took a turn for the worst. She began mocking the “childish” bonding exercises that they would regularly take part in, and her mental health began to deteriorate. In 2011, Kristina recalls Natalia smearing bodily fluids on the walls, making death threats, and claiming to hear voices.

In 2012, during a therapy session, Natalia claimed that she was eighteen-years-old and it was found that she was an adult who suffered from dwarfism, which explained her unusually small posture. Later that year, the staff at Larue Carter Hospital in Indianapolis described how Natalia spoke about wanting to kill her entire family with previous attempts and showed absolutely no remorse.

A letter from the Barnetts’ primary care physician, Andrew McLaren MD, in 2012, says that Natalia’s 2003 birth date was clearly inaccurate and that Natalia had made a career out of pretending to be a young child. He also said Natalia fooled him, her parents, and other physicians.

This meant that Natalia would legally be an adult and would take responsibility for herself. In documents seen by DailyMailTV, Judge Gerald S. Zore accepted the couple’s allegations were “true” and revised Natalia’s date of birth to September 4th, 1989 – changing her age from 8 to twenty-two.

She was placed under the supervision of state healthcare provider, Aspire, Indiana, who helped her get a social security number, apply for benefits, food stamps, and an ID. But she began causing trouble and was evicted from the property, despite the Barnetts staying in constant contact with her and giving her financial support.

However, Kristina insisted that Natalia stopped returning their calls and “vanished.” She feared Natalia had stopped taking her medication and was probably posing as a child again for another unsuspecting family. “I had found a little pink dress in her closet and a little pink bicycle parked beside her house, and I would have forced her back into treatment but I couldn’t do that any longer because she was an adult.”

Last week, Kristina and Michael Barnett were charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent, the New York Post reported.

And they were each released on a $5,000 bail. Speaking about the ordeal, Kristine said: “‘I am being charged by the state of Indiana for crimes against a child when the state of Indiana has determined multiple times that Natalia was an adult.”


“Natalia was a woman. She had periods. She had adult teeth. She never grew a single inch, which would happen even with a child with dwarfism,” Kristina said tearfully.
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“The doctors all confirmed she was suffering a severe psychological illness only diagnosed in adults.”

It’s unknown as to where Natalia is and what she’s doing right now, and it is also unknown as to whether she has continued to pose as a little girl. This young woman is in clear need of psychological help and it is vital she is tracked down so she doesn’t actually inflict harm on any more innocent people.