Natalia Grace Barnett

Natalia Grace Barnett

 

Back in September the Barnett family made national headlines for supposedly abandoning a 9-year old Ukranian girl who they claimed was actually a 33 year-old woman. The Indiana couple was charged with neglect, which they claimed could not be possible because she was actually an adult.

 

Recently, Natalia Barnett, along with her new adoptive parents, made an appearance on Dr. Phil. When questioned about her age, Natalia claimed to be 16 years old, and said that she had never lied about her age. The Barnetts claimed to have put her through multiple test, revealing that she was much older than they had previously believed. On the show she said, “They claimed they did bone scans and all that. I don’t remember going through a bone scan.”

 

It caused quite a stir when the Barnett couple claimed that she threatened their family. According to Kristine, “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’ and ‘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.’” On the Dr. Phil show, Natalia claimed that she had never tried to harm the Barnetts. She also said never stood at the edge of the couples bed during the night, especially not with a knife, which they claimed she did.

 

When speaking about her age, Dr. Phil said, “I don’t think she knows how old she is.” Growing up in group homes and similar situations, birthdays don’t always get celebrated, so she doesn’t actually know exactly how old she is. According to the court, though, she is 30 years old. Dr. Phil said it was very obvious to him that she was not a 30 year old woman.