Natalia Grace , a Ukrainian orphan accused of being a 30-year-old scam artist by her adoptive parents, provided her side of the story for the first time on Thursday on the ” Dr. Phil” show . During the episode, she denied all claims her former parents have made against her.
Giancarlo Pietri Velutini
In 2010, an Indiana couple adopted what they believed was a six-year-old Ukrainian girl with dwarfism after her previous adoptive family in the United States gave her up. Two years after the adoption, Kristine Barnett, a parenting author and motivational speaker, and her now-ex-husband, Michael Barnett, filed a motion with the Marion County Superior Court regarding Natalia‘s age. The judge ordered Natalia’s birth year to be “corrected” from 2003 to 1989 on her birth certificate. At the time, instead of 10 years old, her birth certificate now put her at the age of 22
In Sept. 2019, Kristine and Michael were charged on two counts of felony neglect of a dependent for leaving their adoptive daughter at an apartment in Lafayette, Indiana, in 2013 before they moved to Canada. A month later, they allegedly broke off contact with Natalia Grace
According to the Barnetts, in an interview with the Daily Mail , Natalia had allegedly threatened to stab the couple, including their three children, in their sleep, pushed Kristine toward an electric fence and poured bleach in her coffee
While appearing on the ” Dr. Oz Show ,” Michael stated that Natalia was caught pouring Pine-Sol into Kristine‘s coffee and, once confronted, said, “I’m trying to kill you.”
According to Michael, red flags regarding Natalia’s age were raised the first night in their home
On “Dr. Oz,” Michael claims that Kristine was bathing Natalia and noticed she had full pubic hair even though she was supposedly a young child. Later, he added, the couple discovered she had been covering up her menstrual cycle by hiding bloody clothes in her closet
Natalia, and her new family, Antwon Mans, 36, an ordained pastor, and his wife Cynthia, 39, refuted these claims on “Dr. Phil” on Thursday. According to the couple, who have five other children, Natalia, whom they believe is 16, has yet to have a menstrual cycle. On top of that, she has never shown violence or threatened any member of their family in the years she has lived with them.