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Woman Who “Lied” About Being Six Years Old When Adopted Finally Speaks Her Truth
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Woman Who “Lied” About Being Six Years Old When Adopted Finally Speaks Her Truth

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By now, you have likely seen or heard about the popular 2009 horror movie Orphan, and if you haven’t, it goes something like this: a couple adopts a lovely little girl who turns out to be a full-grown sociopathic adult who wants to kill them.

What many people may not know is that a real-life couple underwent a similar experience just a year later, which will now be addressed from the adoptee’s point of view in a new scheduled interview.

In 2010, Kristine and Michael Barnett saw their entire life flipped upside down when their beloved six-year-old adopted daughter happened to have an entirely secret identity, baffling psychologists, doctors and lawyers all over the world.

Natalia Grace, who was adopted in 2010 by and who turned out to be an adult, is set to tell her side of the story

Image credits: Dr. Phil

Image credits: Dr. Phil

Kristine and Michael had adopted who they thought was little Natalia Grace from Ukraine, before noticing that their daughter had some strange behavior.

As it turned out, not only did Natalia have a rare form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, but she also had “periods, adult teeth and pubic hair”.

After being adopted by Antwon and Cynthia Mans, Natalia appeared with them on Dr Phil

Image credits: Dr. Phil

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You can watch Dr Phil’s segment below:

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

The head-scratching story was unveiled in the Investigation Discovery documentary, The Curious Case of Natalia Grace, in which Kristine and Michael recounted their horrific experience with a person who they have later described as a “sociopath”.

The poor couple alleged that the straw that broke the camel’s back for them was the time Natalia allegedly threatened them with a knife and said she was “gonna kill everybody”.

As they described Natalia as being “murderous” and a “deceptive liar”, Kristine and Michael filed a motion in Indiana’s Marion County Court for her case to be heard, as per Unilad.

In 2010, Kristine and Michael Barnett adopted who they thought was six-year-old Natalia from Ukraine

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

The adoptive father revealed in the documentary that the legal aim was to “have her age corrected to something more appropriate”, before medical tests concluded Natalia was a woman of 22 years.

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Natalia has since reportedly received a new birth certificate with a new date of birth of 4 September 1989, along with a new Indiana I.D.

Natalia alleged that Kristine had “said that I hid knives on top of the fridge, under the fridge, in the cabinets, even on her office desk”

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Image credits: Investigation Discovery

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

With over a decade passing by, Natalia has reportedly said to feel ready to tell her side of the story in a highly anticipated special episode entitled The Curious Case of Natalia Grace: Natalia Speaks, which would see the now-34-year-old share her viewpoint.

In the trailer, Natalia can been seen saying: “In every lie is a hidden truth, but you gotta dig enough to be able to see it.

“This is my side of the story.

“Do I look like a monster to you?”

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

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Image credits: Investigation Discovery

The trailer has also briefly revealed Natalia confronting Michael while breaking down in tears.

In the teaser, she tells him: “You’re supposed to be my dad.

“You’re supposed to be the one to protect me.”

The trailer further shows Natalia asking Michael if he feels sorry for his part in the initial documentary before urging him to admit she never threatened him with a knife.

Finally, the teaser ends with Michael storming out of the one-on-one interview, with Natalia telling viewers she wants “people to pay for what they’ve done”.

You can watch the trailer for The Curious Case Of Natalia Grace below:

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

Image credits: Investigation Discovery

All six episodes of The Curious Case of Natalia Grace are already available to stream on Max and Discovery Plus now.

However, the Natalia Speaks special, which was set to drop on Investigation Discovery “later this summer,” still hasn’t arrived as of November 2023.

Some reports have suggested it might air in January.

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News of Natalia suggests she has lived in Indiana, under the care of another couple named Antwon and Cynthia Mans, since 2014.

You can watch the trailer for Natalia’s special episode below:

In 2019, the family appeared on Dr. Phil, where the Mans family explained that they hadn’t experienced any troubling behavior from Natalia.

As Antwon and Cynthia have continuously stood by her, Natalia has simultaneously denied the allegations made against her, admitting on Dr. Phil that Kristine had “said that I hid knives on top of the fridge, under the fridge, in the cabinets, even on her office desk,” even though she would have been physically unable to reach many of those places.

Natalia’s story left many people divided

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omboyganesh avatar
ॐBoyGanesh
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If anyone is interested: Adoptive parents had her age legally changed from 8 to 22 (the age they’d no longer be responsible for a disabled dependent) based on family MD’s assessment. He based his assessment solely on what the mother told him. Due to periods/pubic hair. The periods didn’t happen. Neither doctor nor judge did due diligence. Family moved to Canada. Illinois investigators went to Ukraine, confirmed birth mother through DNA. The birth cert at orphanage said 2003, (amended by Illinois courts to 1989), but wasn’t considered conclusive. The birth mother’s birth certificate WAS conclusive & she was born in 1979. So, either she gave birth at 10 or the original orphanage certificate was correct & she indeed was born in 2003. Most of what adoptive mother purported to husband, MD & court was derived from a movie. Seems she’s the crazy one who made it up. Her sons imply such just as ex-husband does. Her rare dwarfism has the ability for puberty to begin early/late. Hair growth, too.

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ॐBoyGanesh
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

From a PubMD paper, I found this info. Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED) dwarfism is rare. Of the 3400 with it, a team of medical researchers responding to this particular case in the media were able to find & evaluate 11 females with SED. The goal was to determine if they had precocious puberty. Based solely on patient testimony. 6 answers inconclusive. 2 no definitive answer. 3 stated they developed pubic/underarm, facial & body hair prematurely. Fertility wasn’t evaluated, but many hadn’t gone through menarche and a few had regulated menstruation. Seems the ability to have a full pubic of hair at 6 is a distinct possibility with SED.

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Captain McSmoot
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is no such thing as "her" truth. There is THE truth then there's her point-of-view or her opinion or her reasoning.

andrew-w00197 avatar
Did I say that out loud? (he/him)cis/het
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That phrase pįsses me off so much. To me it means that no matter how entitled, deluded or manipulative you may be, it's ok, because you're right and everyone else is wrong.

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Kerry Carolan
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this serious? She was a child. That's been proven. Why are you writing like the parents were right?

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omboyganesh avatar
ॐBoyGanesh
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If anyone is interested: Adoptive parents had her age legally changed from 8 to 22 (the age they’d no longer be responsible for a disabled dependent) based on family MD’s assessment. He based his assessment solely on what the mother told him. Due to periods/pubic hair. The periods didn’t happen. Neither doctor nor judge did due diligence. Family moved to Canada. Illinois investigators went to Ukraine, confirmed birth mother through DNA. The birth cert at orphanage said 2003, (amended by Illinois courts to 1989), but wasn’t considered conclusive. The birth mother’s birth certificate WAS conclusive & she was born in 1979. So, either she gave birth at 10 or the original orphanage certificate was correct & she indeed was born in 2003. Most of what adoptive mother purported to husband, MD & court was derived from a movie. Seems she’s the crazy one who made it up. Her sons imply such just as ex-husband does. Her rare dwarfism has the ability for puberty to begin early/late. Hair growth, too.

omboyganesh avatar
ॐBoyGanesh
Community Member
2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

From a PubMD paper, I found this info. Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED) dwarfism is rare. Of the 3400 with it, a team of medical researchers responding to this particular case in the media were able to find & evaluate 11 females with SED. The goal was to determine if they had precocious puberty. Based solely on patient testimony. 6 answers inconclusive. 2 no definitive answer. 3 stated they developed pubic/underarm, facial & body hair prematurely. Fertility wasn’t evaluated, but many hadn’t gone through menarche and a few had regulated menstruation. Seems the ability to have a full pubic of hair at 6 is a distinct possibility with SED.

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Captain McSmoot
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is no such thing as "her" truth. There is THE truth then there's her point-of-view or her opinion or her reasoning.

andrew-w00197 avatar
Did I say that out loud? (he/him)cis/het
Community Member
2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That phrase pįsses me off so much. To me it means that no matter how entitled, deluded or manipulative you may be, it's ok, because you're right and everyone else is wrong.

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kerrycarolan avatar
Kerry Carolan
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this serious? She was a child. That's been proven. Why are you writing like the parents were right?

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