The Ukrainian dwarf orphan who was abandoned by her adoptive American parents who accused her of being an adult disguised as a child broke her silence during her first TV interview.
DailyMailTV first revealed Natalia Grace Barnett’s extraordinary story after her adoptive parents Kristine and Michael Barnett were arrested for child abuse charges in September.
Six years ago, in 2013, they left Indiana for Canada with their other children, but they left Natalia behind. She said at the time that she was nine years old.
However, they had become convinced that she was actually 22 and a sociopathic adult who had disguised herself as a child for years and attempted to kill members of their family.
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Natalia Grace Barnett in her first TV interview with Dr. Phil. It will air on Thursday
Michael and Kristine Barnett were arrested in September for child abuse. They claim that Natalia cheated on them and that she is an adult
They had adopted her three years earlier, in 2010, under the impression that she was a six-year-old orphan.
Now the couple are awaiting their next court date and the question of whether or not Natalia is an adult or a child continues.
She insists that she is only 16 years old. She now lives with another American Christian family who took her in after the Barnett’s left her.
In her first on-camera interview, she told Dr Phil how the Barnett’s were lying.
His interview will be broadcast on Thursday.
‘This is not true!’ she insisted when asked about their claims that she always pretended to be a child.
She was reached for the interview with her new adoptive family.
‘This is not true at all. I just want people to hear my point of view, ”Natalia said.
She and her new adoptive mother, Cynthia Mans, also insisted that a bone scan she received after abandoning her proved that she was the age she claims to be.
The Barnett’s said they gave her bone scans, which suggested she was born in 1989.
Natalia was interviewed with her new guardians, Cynthia and Anton Mans
Natalia says she is now 16 and has always been telling the truth. She cried as she listened to the accusations of her adoptive family
Kristine and Michael accepted the emergency adoption of Ukrainian-born Natalia Grace (above) in May 2010. This photo shows Natalia in September 2012. Her original birth certificate gave her 9 years, but a court will determine more late that she was actually 23 when this photo was taken
“She was making statements and drawing pictures saying she wanted to kill family members, roll them up in a blanket and put them in the backyard,” Kristine Barnett said of her adopted daughter Natalia (pictured )
CHRONOLOGY FOR NATALIE BARNETT
September 2003: Anna Gava said she gave birth to Natalia in Ukraine.
October 2003: Anna gives Natalia up for adoption.
2008: Natalia arrives in the United States and was adopted by New Hampshire couple Dyan and Gary Ciccone.
april 2010: Natalia is placed in the care of an adoption agency in Florida who offered Kristine and Michael Barnett to adopt her.
2010: The Barnett’s take him to Manning Children’s Hospital to have his bone density tested. The results estimate that she is eight years old.
2012: The Barnett’s take Natalia back to have her bone density tested. This test suggests that she is 11 years old.
2012: A court decision declares that Natalia is an adult born in 1989.
2013: The Barnett’s leave for Canada and rent an apartment to Natalia in Lafayette, Indiana, cutting off all communication with her.
2013-2016: The couple Anton and Cynthia Bishop-Mans enter the life of Natalia.
2016: The Bishop-Mans case to become Natalia’s legal guardian, describing her as a “presumed incapable person” aged 13 or 14.
September 2019: The Barnett’s are charged with child neglect.
September 2019: DailyMail.com discovers that Natalia lives with Bishop Mans.
Cynthia also said that despite claims from Natalia’s first adoptive family, she and her husband weren’t worried about bringing her home to mingle with their other children.
“We’re supposed to help. My husband and I adopted these children.
“It’s like, who would if you don’t?” ”
The Barnetts claimed they were experiencing a real life version of the horror film Orphan, in which a goodwill American couple hires a foreign orphan only to later find out that she is a sociopath bent on killing their family.
They claimed that Natalia tried to kill them and their sons.
They left her in an apartment in Indiana – three years after adopting her – where she says she coped for a year until the police found out about her and her story.
The Barnett’s story is that they adopted a teenager in 2010 who came to them with pubic hair and menstruation.
They say she stood above them as they slept and drew pictures of her killing their entire family.
She smeared blood on the walls and mirrors and, according to Kristine, attempted to shock her on an electric fence.
Far from abandoning her, they say they moved her to a paid apartment after buying her clothes and furniture and making sure she had food stamps.
They went to Canada not to get away from her, they say, but to have one of their other children continue his education.
They called the allegations against them “devastating”.
Ukrainian ‘midget’ Natalia Barnett’s biological mother denied that she was actually an adult posing as a child in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV. Anna Volodymyrivna Gava, 40, from Mykolaiv city in southern Ukraine, tells how she had to get Natalia adopted 16 years ago due to her condition.