A couple who initially hoped to adopt the Ukraine-born girl with dwarfism who was allegedly abandoned by her adoptive family, claim they have proof that she is a child and are not impersonating an adult as has been claimed.
Vincent and Nicole DePaul, who both have some form of dwarfism, recount Interior edition they wanted to adopt Natalia Grace in 2009 before she was taken over by Michael and Kristine Barnett in 2010.
The Barnetts claim Natalia was actually a 22-year-old adult woman posing as a nine-year-old who tried to kill them and would later be charged with abandonment when they left her in an apartment in the Indiana to fend for itself.
But the DePaul, of Albany, New York, say there is no way she could be an adult, providing adoption papers that show her birth year is 2003 and say, “She looked like to a child, she acted like a child. Do I look like a child? I am a dwarf.
Vincent and Nicole DePaul, both of whom have some form of dwarfism, wanted to adopt Natalia of Ukrainian descent in 2009.
The DePauls, who spent several weekends with Natalia, say the Barnetts’ claims are “ridiculous” and have documents that show her birth year is 2003
Natalia’s story was revealed last month when DailyMailTV spoke with Kristine Barnett, 45, as she and her ex-husband Michael, 43, allegedly dumped Natalia in an apartment in Lafayette, Indiana in 2013 before moving to Canada a month later and breaking contact.
Police say the girl has been left on her own for three years despite a rare form of dwarfism, which means she is 3 feet tall and has difficulty walking.
But in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Kristine insisted Natalia was not nine – as the prosecution documents claim – she was actually 22.
Barnett said the real victims were her and her family who were terrorized for years by the mysterious impostor who threatened to stab them in their sleep, pushed her towards an electric fence and poured bleach in his coffee.
But the DePaul say that’s not physically possible.
“If my wife or I tried to push someone into an electric fence, it wouldn’t go very well,” Vincent told Inside Edition in an episode that aired Thursday.
“Imagine someone who has difficulty walking pushing an average-sized woman against a fence. It’s ridiculous, ”he added.
The DePaul have called the Barnett’s claims ridiculous.
Natalia, pictured days after being picked up from her Florida adoption center in May 2010 by the Barnett’s, quickly had her new parents suspicious because she had her period and an adult vocabulary.
Michael Barnett surrendered to authorities on September 18 and was released on $ 5,000 bail. A hearing has been set for September 2. Kristine Barnett surrendered to authorities on Thursday, September 19, and was released after posting a $ 5,500 bond.
Kristine Barnett, 45 (pictured) and her ex-husband Michael Barnett, 43, have been charged with abandoning their daughter, then 9, in Lafayette, Indiana, and running away to the Canada in 2013. But Kristine denies the allegations and says she and Michael were victims. of a fraud, stating that the girl they adopted was an adult con artist who attempted to kill her
Natalia stayed with the DePaul for several long weekends as they sought to adopt her, but ultimately decided not to proceed with the adoption.
They have pictures with her and claim that she was missing a tooth at the time and that she could see another come in.
The DePaul’s still had stacks of papers showing her birthday was September 4, 2003, which would make her 16.
However, after the Barnetts brought the charges, a 2012 court ruling declared Natalia an adult after her birth year was changed from 2003 to 1989.
But Kristine still maintains that Natalia “would make statements and make pictures saying that she wanted to kill family members, roll them up in a blanket and put them in the yard.”
Kristine said she wondered about Natalia’s real age when they noticed she had pubic hair, her period and had a vocabulary far beyond her age .
The Barnett’s have been charged with two counts of criminal negligence carrying a combined maximum jail term of five and a half years.
Social media photos show Natalia was taken by Christian couple Antwon Mans (pictured) 36, and wife Cynthia, and their five children in suburban Indianapolis
DailyMail.com revealed that Natalia now lives with a Christian couple from Indiana and their five children.
His new “father”, Antwon Mans, 36, was recently ordained a pastor and lives in a former parsonage with his wife Cynthia, 39, a former director of McDonald’s.
The devout couple are aware of the questions swirling around the true age of their Ukrainian “daughter”, who is barely taller than a toddler due to spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia, a bone disorder.
But the images posted on social media make it clear that they are treating the petite woman like a child, dressing her in colorful children’s clothes and captioning a photo of Natalia and a young playmate: “Best friends sweetest ever “.