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Birth Mom of ‘9-Year-Old Dwarf Child’ Confirms She’s Actually Much Older

In something that sounds like it’s come straight out of a horror novel, a mom from Indiana has claimed that her 9-year-old adopted daughter, Natalia, who came from Ukraine was, in fact, a twenty-two-year-old sociopath who had murderous intentions.

Though her discovery actually happened back in 2013, the story resurfaced after Kristine Bennett and her ex-husband were arrested for child abandonment… Even though Natalia had been proven to be an adult.

And now, Natalia’s birth mom has spoken out and has made some bold claims that could turn the whole story upside down. Keep scrolling to hear what she’s had to say on the matter of her rogue daughter…

Let’s start this story from the beginning…


A couple from Indiana simply wanted to extend their family. Kristine Barnett and her now ex-husband Michael Barnett adopted Natalia – a 6-year-old girl from Ukraine – back in 2010.

The couple already had a child of their own…

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.

The Barnetts were also very experienced foster parents who ran a child daycare from their home…


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.

They were told by the adoption agency that Natalia was 6-years-old.


Few details were given in regards to Natalia’s background: All that was known about the girl was that 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.

Why didn’t the parents probe further into Natalia’s background?


“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.

The couple showered Natalia with attention and love…


“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.”

However, when the couple took Natalia to the beach for the first time…


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.

Natalia began alarming her new parents even more…


“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.

Natalia displayed signs of aggression and a willingness to cause harm to others…


“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.

When the worried couple began to question Natalia…


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.

Natalia finally admitted to her being a lot older than 6-years-old…


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.

It’s a mystery as to how Natalia landed herself in the adoption agency posing as a six-year-old…


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.

In 2012, the Barnetts successfully applied to Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis, Indiana to have Natalia’s age “corrected”…


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.

Now that Natalia was legally an adult, the Barnetts rented a flat for her to move out into…


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.

In 2013, the family moved to Canada in order for their son to attend the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario.

However, Kristina insisted that Natalia stopped returning their calls and “vanished.”

An investigation has been underway over the last 5 years over the “abandonment” of Natalia…


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

Both surrendered to authorities…


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.”

The Barnetts believe the charges against them are unfair…


“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.

“The doctors all confirmed she was suffering a severe psychological illness only diagnosed in adults.”

Watch the interview here…

Where you can hear the grizzly details of the adoption.

For a while, Natalia’s whereabouts remained unknown.


After the Barnetts fled to Canada in 2013, Natalia gradually stopped replying to their calls and messages, and they were left wondering where she was and what she could possibly be doing.

Kristine was worried about what Natalia may do next…

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.”

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And then, fresh claims arose…

And it appeared that Natalia may have been adopted by a different family.

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