A FAMILY discovered they were deceived for years when it was revealed their six-year-old daughter was actually a 21-year-old woman.

Michael and Kristine Barnett also claim Natalia Grace made several attempts on the lives of them and their three sons.

Kristine and Michael Barnett pictured while in custody for alleged neglect of Natalia Grace


Kristine and Michael Barnett pictured while in custody for alleged neglect of Natalia GraceCredit: Tippecanoe County Jail

Who are Natalia Grace’s adoptive parents Michael and Kristine Barnett?

Michael and Kristine Barnett are a formerly married couple from Indiana.

The two met while they were in college and Kristine abandoned her Amish background in order to marry Michael.

In addition to fostering Natalia Grace, the pair are also parents to three sons.

Kristine is an author and professional speaker who advocates for children with autism.

She is the founder of the non-profit organization Jacob’s Place.

Named after her and Michael’s eldest son, Jacob’s Place continues Kristine’s advocacy on behalf of autistic children.

In April 2013, Kristine published her book The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius.

In February 2014, the former couple went their separate ways and filed for divorce.

When did the Barnetts adopt Natalia Grace?

On April 26, 2010, the Barnett family adopted Natalia Grace.

At the time, they believed the girl was six years old but later found out she was 21 when they decided to foster her.

The Barnetts also claimed Natalia tried to fatally harm them on several occasions.

While telling his side of the story on The Dr. Oz Show, Michael said: “It’s obvious that her records were falsified. This is an adult masquerading as a child.

Kristine Barnett stood trial and was accused of neglecting her adopted daughter Natalia Grace


Kristine Barnett stood trial and was accused of neglecting her adopted daughter Natalia GraceCredit: Facebook / Kristine Barnett

“She attempted to kill Kristine twice. The first time she tried to poison her…when confronted it was a matter-of-fact answer…’I am trying to kill you.’

“We took her to the stress center to have her evaluated that she is having thoughts of harming others, and she is stating out loud that she is attempting to kill Kristine.”

He also appeared on Good Morning America and further explained: “Natalia would do things like place clear thumbtacks on the stairs face up so that when we would walk up the stairs we would be stepping on thumbtacks to pain and injure ourselves.

“We were told by doctors, ‘This person is a sociopath. This person is a con artist. You are all in danger.”

Meanwhile, Natalia denied any accusations of alleged violence and deception about her age.

She told Dr. Phil: “I just want them to give up on the whole charade. I just want it to be over.

“I don’t want people to see me for what they [The Barnetts] have been saying I am.”

Why were the Barnetts on trial?

In September 2019, Michael and Kristine were charged with counts of neglect of a dependent, neglect of a dependent causing bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit neglect of a dependent.

The then-alleged abandonment was believed to happen when the Barnett family moved to Canada in July 2013 and left Natalia behind in Lafayette.

On October 28, 2022, the charges against Michael were dismissed.

On March 24, 2023, the charges against Kristine were dismissed as well.

Marion County Superior Court decided to dismiss their cases because of forensic evidence presented to them that revealed Natalia was not a child when the Barnetts left her in Lafayette.

Natalia’s birth date was believed to be September 4, 2003, but forensic evidence concluded she was born on September 4, 1989.

Where can I watch The Curious Case of Natalie Grace documentary?

On May 29, 2023, The Curious Case of Natalie Grace is scheduled to air at 9pm EST via ID Discovery.

The docuseries is divided into three episodes and will conclude on Wednesday, May 31.

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“We had no idea what we were dealing with,” Michael says during the program.

Viewers can tune into the program to learn the full story as the Barnetts give their accounts of what happened when they fostered Natalia.

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