A DWARF adopted by a couple who claim she’s a “psychopathic” adult posing as a child is now living with a new family, reports claim.
Natalia, who has a rare form of dwarfism, is at the centre of a bizarre case which has seen her previous adoptive parents accused of abandoning her and fleeing to Canada.
She is now understood to be living with pastor Antwon Mans, 36, along with his wife Cynthia, 39, and their five kids in Indiana, US.
They are reportedly aware of the questions surrounding Natalia’s age – which is either 16-years-old or 30, depending on who you believe.
Pictures show 3ft-tall Natalia, who is believed to be from Ukraine, playing with her adoptive siblings, seemingly enjoying her new life.
The devout Christian couple reportedly tried to become Natalia’s legal guardians in 2016.
But court records show they withdrew their petition after the court upheld an earlier ruling that she was born in 1989 and not 2003.
Her whereabouts were revealed after her previous adoptive parents, Kristine Barnett, 45, and her now ex-husband Michael Barnett, 43, were charged with neglect.
Prosecutors say parents legally changed her age to 22 before leaving her alone in a flat in Indiana for three years when they moved to Canada.
But in an incredible criminal case gripping the US, Ms Barnett has hit back at the allegations, saying Natalia is an adult who wanted to kill their family.
She has told how she took in the girl in 2010 believing she was an eight-year-old from Ukraine in need of a home.
A doctor who examined her in that year determined Natalia was about eight years old, court documents state.
But over time, Ms Barnett, started to suspect Natalia was no innocent orphan.
She alleges the “impostor” tried to poison her, pushed her against an electric fence and threatened to kill her other children in their sleep.
Natalia is said to have smeared blood on mirrors and tried to jump out of a moving car.
“She would make statements and draw pictures saying she wanted to kill family members, roll them up in a blanket and put them in the backyard,” she told DailyMailTV.
“She was standing over people in the middle of the night. You couldn’t go to sleep. We had to hide all the sharp objects.
“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’.”
The 60 Minutes clip appeared to show the then-couple’s adopted daughter sitting at the dinner table with them (top left, next to her adoptive mother)[/caption]
Prosecutors have filed neglect charges against the Barnetts[/caption]
Kristine Elizabeth Barnett and her husband have been charged with abandoning their disabled adopted daughter[/caption]
Mrs Barnett and her husband Michael Barnett appeared on 60 Minutes for a different story about their son[/caption]
The mum said she began to get suspicious about Natalia’s age when she realised she had already started her period and was trying to cover it up.
She claims the girl also had adult teeth and full pubic hair.
Doctors also diagnosed her with a severe psychological illness only adults were capable of having, the mum claimed.
Ms Barnett said it led her to jumping from moving cars and smearing blood over mirrors.
The couple sought out the help of their family doctor who ordered bone density tests to establish Natalia’s age.
When the results suggested the little girl was indeed at least 14 or older, Ms Barnett says she bought Natalia more appropriate clothes.
But her behaviour allegedly started to deteriorate and culminated when Ms Barnett claims she tried to drag her on to an electric fence during a 2012 birthday outing.
‘RISK TO OTHERS’
Natalia was placed at a state-run psychiatric unit because she allegedly posed a risk to others.
Reports claim that Natalia confessed to being far older than she appeared during treatment – allegedly telling one nurse she was 18.
In a letter dated March 2012, the Barnetts’ doctor Andrew McLaren MD wrote that Natalia’s 2003 birth date was clearly inaccurate.
He claimed that Natalia had made a career out of pretending to be a young child.
The Barnetts had the girl’s age legally changed to 22 in June of 2012.
They reportedly told her to tell anyone who asked that she “looks young but was actually 22”.
‘ABANDONED FOR THREE YEARS’
The couple rented an apartment in Lafayette, Indiana, US in July 2013 and, despite knowing that the child knew no one in that city, they left her there alone for three years.
The adoptive parents then moved to Canada with their two sons, investigators wrote in the affidavit.
Police found the girl the following year and she told them she “had not seen the Barnetts since they moved to Canada,” according to the docs.
“She was left alone in the apartment in Lafayette while the rest of the Barnett family moved to Canada,” investigators wrote in the affidavit.
After a five-year investigation, the couple were charged last week with two counts of neglect of a dependent.
Prosecutors say the couple abandoned the girl in Lafayette in 2013.
Court documents cite two doctors’ reports where they say the girl’s age was about eight-years-old in 2010 and 11-years-old in 2012.
Earlier this month, cops spoke with Mr Barnett who confirmed that he and Kristine had Natalia’s age changed in 2012 even though doctors had determined she was a minor, docs state.
“Michael Barnett admitted Kristine Barnett told Natalia to tell others Natalia looked young but was actually 22,” the affidavit states.
‘SICK AND DEVASTATED’
Mrs Barnett have denied the accusations and claimed the adoption was a scam.
“I am sick and devastated from the idea of any of these charges and maintain that they are false charges,” Ms Barnett wrote on Facebook.
In 2012, the Barnetts appeared on 60 Minutes for a story about their then 13-year-old son Jake who has Asperger’s syndrome.
The segment looked at how Jake, with the help of his parents, was studying physics at Purdue University Indianapolis despite once being told he may never be able to read.
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It appeared to show the then-couple’s adopted daughter sitting at the dinner table with them.
Ms Barnett also published a book around the same time the segment aired titled: “The Spark: A mother’s story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism”.
Her book looks at how Jake developed physics theories before he was 10 and how his parents raised him.
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