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October 17, 2019

Couple Says Russian "Child" They Adopted Is Actually an Adult Woman And Psychopathic Con Artist Who Has Tried to Kill the Wife Twice Already

This story is a couple of weeks old but it's new to me.

If you're thinking, "Wow, that sounds super-familiar, like something I started watching on Cinemax at 2:30 at night without intending to watch it," well, yes, this is the exact plot of the mean little horror/thriller Orphan.

If you haven't seen it, let Bill Burr complainsplain it to you for ten minutes.

But per News4 in Jacksonville, this is all supposedly really happening now.

In the movie, the girl was actually 33, posing as a six year old. In real life -- allegedly -- "Natalia" is 30, posing as an 8 year old.

But the couple is being charged with felony neglect -- I'm not sure if their claim that this is actually a dangerous adult is true, or if they're just interposing the Orphan defense to get them off a child neglect charge.

Was Natalia Grace really a child when she was adopted by an American couple, or was she a woman posing as a little girl?

Michael and Kristine Barnett adopted Natalia in 2010, in Florida, and he says they were told the girl was from Ukraine and had a rare form of dwarfism. Michael Barnett said the couple believed the girl was 6.

But both are now charged with felony neglect of a dependent and authorities say they abandoned her in Indiana while they moved to Canada in 2013. The couple, who are now divorced, claim they were scammed into adopting Natalia, who is really a 30-year-old woman, they say.

Trouble began not long after they adopted Natalia, he said. She had an advanced vocabulary for a child, he said, and there were signs that she had already begun menstruating.

According to Michael, Natalia twice tried to kill Kristine. Once, by trying to shove her into an electrified fence, and another time by pouring cleaning fluid into Kristine's coffee, he said. She admitted she wanted her new parents dead, he said, and told them she wanted to stab the family to death while they slept.

Obviously I have no idea who the villain in this story is.

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