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A five-year investigation resulted in charges against parents accused of changing their adopted daughter’s age before abandoning her and moving to Canada.

Michael and Kristine Barnett are charged with neglect of a dependent, according to court documents filed in Tippecanoe County.

The girl told police she was originally from Ukraine and came to the U.S. in 2008 via an adoption program. The Barnetts became her adoptive parents in 2010, according to court documents. The girl, who has a form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal, lived with the family in Hamilton County for two years.

In July 2013, the Barnetts rented an apartment for her on North 11th Street in Lafayette, left her alone and then moved the rest of the family to Canada, court documents said.

Police interviewed the girl in September 2014. She told them she “had not seen the Barnetts since they moved to Canada.”

The couple also had her presumptive age changed from 8 years old to 22 years old in an Indiana Probate Court, according to court documents, although the process through which the age change was made was unclear

Kristine Barnett told the girl to tell people she was 22 and simply “looks young” for her age, investigators said. In June 2010, a doctor estimated her age at 8. An evaluation in June 2012 showed the girl was about 11 years old, court documents said.

During an interview in September 2019, Michael Barnett told investigators the family had her age “legally changed” even though they were aware she was a minor. Other than paying for rent at the Lafayette apartment, the couple didn’t support the girl financially, court documents said.
 
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Brillig

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Apparently this "may" be the mother's profile...it looks like it is, and she's in serious denial (says she's the victim of a scam etc).

https://www.facebook.com/KristineElizabethPearson
Some other articles I read said she had an autistic son and promoted autism causes, so this is the right profile you linked to. Thanks!

Interesting to read her comments and those of her friends. By "scam", I am guessing she is referring to having adopted what they thought was a young child and it turned out to be a teenager or adult.

The steadfast and unanimous support of her friends that she is in no way guilty of the accusations is interesting. I doubt they would support her so strongly if they thought she adopted then abandoned a small child from a foreign country.

This makes me even more likely to believe that she and her husband adopted or took in a dwarf pretending to be a child, who may or may not be a sociopath or psychopath.
 
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tmdgirl

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Some other articles I read said she had an autistic son and promoted autism causes, so this is the right profile you linked to. Thanks!

Interesting to read her comments and those of her friends. By "scam", I am guessing she is referring to having adopted what they thought was a young child and it turned out to be a teenager or adult.

The steadfast and unanimous support of her friends that she is in no way guilty of the accusations is interesting. I doubt they would support her so strongly if they thought she adopted then abandoned a small child from a foreign country.

This makes me even more likely to believe that she and her husband adopted or took in a dwarf pretending to be a child, who may or may not be a sociopath or psychopath.
SO many questions.....if the girl was an adult and it was a scam, then why hasn't she been named? Why did the father say she a minor when they left her behind? Is it possible the girl is actually still a minor?
 

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tmdgirl

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Found the girl's name...its Natalia


Neither off them deny they abandoned her, the father says he knew she was minor when they abandoned her....mom hasn't said anything about leaving her. Apparently she was 8 when she came to the US (2008) and was adopted by this family in 2010 (she would have been 10 then)....so they abandoned her at age 12 (2012)....all of this is in line with the medical scans/surveys they had done on her to determine her age (vs. her presumptive age).

So they knew full well she was a child when they left her on her own....and they falsified documents to get her age changed. I hope they are both made to pay for what they did to this poor little girl...and bless the neighbours who stood up and helped her out for as long as they did.

I had the Dad's link to his FB page this morning, but it looks like it may be gone now....fyi, he remarried in 2016.
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Because it has yet to be proven either way.

I'm suspicious that they are the 3rd family to get away from this girl/child/woman.
Even if the Ukraine had her age wrong, and people were lying to get her into the US, I don't think medical testing can be faked to the extent of changing her age as much as the mother is implying in her denials....the father has already said they knew her age and she was a minor...It only seems like the mother denying it all (maybe to protect her image now that's she a minor celeb)
 
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She could have been 17 and would still have technically been a minor. I think you are relying very heavily on a statement the father allegedly made saying he knew she was a minor. It does not say whether he believed she was 10 or believed she was 17. I would be more comfortable with an actual number before I condemn them.
 

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Apparently this "may" be the mother's profile...it looks like it is, and she's in serious denial (says she's the victim of a scam etc).

https://www.facebook.com/KristineElizabethPearson

So, I wanna see the proof that Psycho Dwarf was an adult capable of living independently and that Kristine was not aware of this prior.

And if the above is true, wtf just putting her up in an apt rather than contacting authorities. Milk ain’t clean, here.
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Some other articles I read said she had an autistic son and promoted autism causes, so this is the right profile you linked to. Thanks!

Interesting to read her comments and those of her friends. By "scam", I am guessing she is referring to having adopted what they thought was a young child and it turned out to be a teenager or adult.

The steadfast and unanimous support of her friends that she is in no way guilty of the accusations is interesting. I doubt they would support her so strongly if they thought she adopted then abandoned a small child from a foreign country.

This makes me even more likely to believe that she and her husband adopted or took in a dwarf pretending to be a child, who may or may not be a sociopath or psychopath.
I have read the same kinds of support given to these fundie adopty and rehomey or abuse-until-dead-cos-Jeebus families.

Ima wait for more info, but I am def side eyeing the “scam” claims.
 
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tmdgirl

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The plot thickens....I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post a link to another forum, let me know and I can delete it or ask a mod to do it :) The forum seems to include some other information that I haven't seen in articles yet.


Nobody has provided proof that the child is a psychopath/sociopath. The mother seems to be the one saying this over and over....nobody has provided proof that this girl was an adult at the time they adopted or abandoned her....medical testing showed she was a child, and I'd love to see something (anything) that shows this is untrue.

From reading reviews of the mom's book, plus interviews she's done in the past regarding her son, and her post on her own FB page, it seems like she's all about me (everything seems to be about her and to hell with everyone else).

I'm including the Amazon reviews for her book (critical ones only), but you can easily see the positive as well....it seems the book is more about her than her own child. If she is like this with her own biological son, I'm not surprised as to how things turned out with an adopted child.

 

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tmdgirl

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It appears that three sets of parents or potential parents in the USA rejected the "girl". That says something and needs to be considered. Four sets, if you count her birth parents.
The multiple parents is an odd thing for sure....maybe the first set didn't realize the issues that came with raising a child with medical issues.
The Barnetts are definitely not the best family out there (the mother comes across as a nut herself)....the third family was scared off and I don't think they actually were her parents at all (they applied for guardianship but changed their minds)....


According to court documents, Michael admitted he believed the girl to be a minor when he and Kristine left the country.


News 8 has learned Michael and Kristine filed for divorce in 2014 in Marion County, seven months after allegedly abandoning the girl in Lafayette. Their divorce became final in 2018.



News 8 went to the house on the far east side near East 16th Street and Post Road listed as the home of Kristine Barnett aka Kristine Pearson. No one appeared to be home.


But at Michael’s home at West 63rd Street and Michigan Road, the people inside refused to answer the door.


News 8 reached out to Kristine on Facebook. She claimed to not know about the charges, said the situation with the girl was “complicated” and claimed the girl was diagnosed as both a psychopath and sociopath.


She said the adoption was a “scam” and the girl is actually an adult and has been an adult the entire time she’s known her, but refused to provide additional details.


The neglect in this case covers a timespan ending Feb. 28, 2016, when the girl moved out of Tippecanoe County. Exactly 15 days later, a different couple petitioned to become guardians for the girl. News 8 has determined the Barnetts filed an objection and the case references an age issue.


The petition was dismissed almost two years later in January 2018 when the second couple changed their minds, but there’s no mention of why.




So the dad admitted he knew/thought the girl was a minor (even though they changed her age as her guardians)

They filed for divorce in 2014, it was finallized in 2018....yet he married his current wife in 2016.

Kristine is the one saying the child was an adult and diagnosed as a psychopath/sociopath (she has provided unverified documents from a doctor...yet a children's hospital full of doctors and specialists determined the girl was a minor.

The third couple petitioned for guardianship, and the Barnetts blocked it...then the couple decided not to follow through.

I've still got so many questions and this is such a weird story....I'm trying to follow it along but there are so many lies and different versions of what is true and what is fact or fiction.
 

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tmdgirl

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I still think there is something seriously wrong mentally or emotionally with this girl, and that is a big part of why parents and/or guardians keep rejecting her.
Totally possible there is something wrong with her.....as is the case with a lot of children adopted from Europe, she may have had an attachment disorder or something similar. The dwarfism she has can also cause deafness and other issues.

It would be interesting to have someone find the names (and talk to) the original parents that adopted her when she was first brought to the U.S. See what they say about her and why they chose to relinquish her to someone else.

As for Kristine Barnett, the more I read about her, the more I think she herself has some mental health issues and shouldn't be parenting anyone at all.

The third set of parents, who knows...they petitioned for her in 2016 and didn't drop the petition until 2018...so for 2 years they wanted this girl. Maybe they would have adopted her if the Barnetts hadn't gotten involved and tried to block the petition.
 

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Brillig

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The third set of parents, who knows...they petitioned for her in 2016 and didn't drop the petition until 2018...so for 2 years they wanted this girl. Maybe they would have adopted her if the Barnetts hadn't gotten involved and tried to block the petition.
Possible. It's also possible that the girl did something to make them back away during the two years. That seems to be a the limit with her... first adoptive parents = two years, second adoptive parents = two years before abandoned, potential guardians = two years.
 

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tmdgirl

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Possible. It's also possible that the girl did something to make them back away during the two years. That seems to be a the limit with her... first adoptive parents = two years, second adoptive parents = two years before abandoned, potential guardians = two years.
Good point :)

I'm curious though why the Barnetts would interfere in her being adopted by someone else...they obviously wanted to be rid of her, so why not let someone else take her on...why interfere in something that would get them off the hook UNLESS they knew that they would get caught in their lies and abandonment??

I really wish they would release more information on the girl....something that could be checked into (name, actual condition she may have, something showing any diagnoses she's got, etc)....it would make it so much easier to sort through this story.
 

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The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism
It sounds like the book was written from her perspective as a mother.

I just cant gather a lynching party and make a noose until I know more about the girl. I hope there is no plea deal. We need a trial so we can get the details.
I hope we dont have to wait years.
 

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LarzlovesJahi

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Damn, my reference librarian skills are failing me. If the dwarf-impersonating-a-small-child-to-be-adopted scam has happened before, it isn't showing up on Google. Some of my search terms:

"adopted child really a dwarf"

"adopted child really a midget"

"midget adoption fraud"

"fraud european adoption not really a child"
 

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Keepalowprofile

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Damn, my reference librarian skills are failing me. If the dwarf-impersonating-a-small-child-to-be-adopted scam has happened before, it isn't showing up on Google. Some of my search terms:

"adopted child really a dwarf"

"adopted child really a midget"

"midget adoption fraud"

"fraud european adoption not really a child"
 

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tmdgirl

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It sounds like the book was written from her perspective as a mother.

I just cant gather a lynching party and make a noose until I know more about the girl. I hope there is no plea deal. We need a trial so we can get the details.
I hope we dont have to wait years.
The book was written in her perspective...and apparently includes her super human powers to do more in one day than most people do in a week.....its about her child, but a lot of it focuses on her and her alone.

I'd love to see this go to trial too....but think of it this way: they've been investigating this couple since 2014 and its taken 5 years to finally press charges on them. I'll bet it takes another 5 to go to trial :(
 

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I'm curious though why the Barnetts would interfere in her being adopted by someone else...they obviously wanted to be rid of her, so why not let someone else take her on...why interfere in something that would get them off the hook UNLESS they knew that they would get caught in their lies and abandonment??
If adoptive parents #2, the Barnetts, are being truthful about their situation with her, it's possible that they didn't want the potential guardians (#3) to get stuck in a nightmare like they did, so they got involved in the lawsuit to warn them. I can't really think of another reason that makes sense. Potentially getting caught in "lies and abandonment" seems more likely if the Barnetts interfered in the case, not less, so I can't really see how it might have benefited them to do so. Not really enough details to be sure either way, though.
 

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Sudonim

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medical testing showed she was a child, and I'd love to see something (anything) that shows this is untrue.
You wont see it happen, for the same reason they cant prove 100% that she is a child.

Age tests on a live human are very similar to those on a skeleton, except instead of having bones to measure, they have scans to measure. We have no accurate way to guess age. What happens is they measure the long bones bones, look at end caps on the bones to see how closed they are, look at the pelvic region to see if puberty had happened or if there are signs of birth etc. Its all a rough guess.

Her having dwarfism will make it extremely hard to anyone to accurately guess her age because their bone structures get all kinds of fucked. Its not even fucked in the same ways for all of them, its individually unique to each. Egypt is one of the best examples of how badly we actually calculate age. Because they like to preserve their dead there are many skeletons that were once assumed to be children that they are only now realizing are more than likely people with dwarfism.
 

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You wont see it happen, for the same reason they cant prove 100% that she is a child.

Age tests on a live human are very similar to those on a skeleton, except instead of having bones to measure, they have scans to measure. We have no accurate way to guess age. What happens is they measure the long bones bones, look at end caps on the bones to see how closed they are, look at the pelvic region to see if puberty had happened or if there are signs of birth etc. Its all a rough guess.

Her having dwarfism will make it extremely hard to anyone to accurately guess her age because their bone structures get all kinds of fucked. Its not even fucked in the same ways for all of them, its individually unique to each. Egypt is one of the best examples of how badly we actually calculate age. Because they like to preserve their dead there are many skeletons that were once assumed to be children that they are only now realizing are more than likely people with dwarfism.
I totally get that. What I don't get is the "mom" says she's got proof in the form of a paper from a medical doctor that disputes the girl being a child....she's apparently provided copies to a couple media outlets, BUT not to the police....I'm sure the police probably have whatever medical records that may have been provided to them by the hospital that did testing on the girl when she was adopted and prior to being left alone...and those probably would dispute what the mother has.

I'm sure they each say whatever about her age, and they may not be in line with each other....since as you pointed out, age can be hard to determine based on her dwarfism. It would be nice though if they were made public for people to see.
 

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She probably wanted to have some access to the girl so that in the future she could write a book on her parenting helping the child be independent and the struggles she had doing it.

If the girl is unaware of her own age the mother could have told her anything and the girl might believe it.

Maybe the third set of adopters did not want to let her retain contact with the child or she sabotaged the custody by saying horrible things about the girl.
 

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Sudonim

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It would be nice though if they were made public for people to see.
Making it public wont clear it up, and if she's indeed a child then it should be kept as hushed as possible. Im not okay with media being allowed to get their grubby hands on peoples medical files, especially childrens, all in the name of ratings and satisfying peoples morbid curiosity.

Imagine having something that not only makes you look different or deformed from the average person..then having everything you've ever endured medically published for all to see. I have nothing notable in my medical history and I'd still be mortified if it was released to the public.
 

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tmdgirl

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@Sudonim ok maybe not make it public....but at least let the police have access to it, so they can firm up their case or drop it (depending on what the information says about the girl).

Her name could be redacted out so its not accessible by anyone other than official investigators.

At this point, they've been on the case since 2014...they must have some kind of info that would lead to charges being laid.
 

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Michael and Kristine don’t deny that they left the girl behind
After a few years, Michael and Kristine moved the family to Canada in the summer of 2013, allegedly so Jake could take classes at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. They did not bring their daughter with them, instead leaving her behind in a rented apartment.

This is where the story gets even weirder. Kristine and Michael somehow changed the girl’s legal age from 11 to 22 years old in an Indiana probate court and then rented her an apartment, which they allegedly paid for. (Michael told detectives Kristine paid the rent, but they did not help with any other finances.) They then moved to Canada with their sons, leaving the girl in Lafayette, Indiana.

But Kristine claims they abandoned her because she’s an adult
The author told WISH-TV that the whole adoption was an outright “scam” because she and Michael adopted an adult who is a diagnosed psychopath and sociopath.

Kristine gave the station copies of a letter allegedly from a doctor, which says the date on the girl’s birth certificate is “clearly inaccurate” and she already had adult teeth and the “secondary sex characteristics” of a grown-up.

We don’t have proof of how legit that letter is, but it also alleges that the girl admitted she was over 18 after she was committed to a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with sociopathic personality disorder in 2012. The letter also claims the girl “made a career of perpetuating her age facade.”

Michael tells a different story
According to the Washington Post, when police interviewed Michael, he gave a different account of what happened. He says the girl really was a minor when they left her in Indiana and Kristine coached her to tell people she was really 22 if they asked.
Looks like "mom" may be full of poop....more details are emerging daily that make it look like she is a liar, not the girl.
 

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