The strange case of Natalia Barnett is still hitting the headlines across the globe. The story of the adopted Ukranian girl that is accused of being an adult woman posing as a child has sparked great intrigue. Now, according to DailyMailTV they have managed to track down Natalia's birth mother to put to bed the accusations once and for all.
It all started when it came to light that Kristine Pearson and her now ex-husband Michael Barnett had moved to Canada without taking their adopted daughter with them. The couple has been charged with child abandonment, but they both claim Natalia was lying about her age and had some very worrying tendencies. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Kristine said, "She would make a statement and draw pictures saying she wanted to kill family members, roll them up in a blanket and put them in the backyard. 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."
Among other instances, Kristine recalled a time when Natalia allegedly tried to push her into an electric fence and poison her coffee with chemicals. It was this behavior that led the family to believe that Natalia, who suffers from a form of dwarfism, was an adult pretending to be a child. After a consult with doctors, the Barnetts believed that Natalia was 22, and a diagnosed sociopath and psychopath. The family made the decision to move to Canada and leave the girl behind, albeit in an apartment they continued to pay for.
Now, in another shocking twist, Natalia's birth mother has been found and rebutted the claims of Kristine and her ex-husband. In a video interview, the Ukranian woman said that she gave birth to Natasha 16 years ago. When doctors and her family encouraged her to give her up due to her medical complications, she did so, but now regrets it.
As it stands, this strange and unusual case is still in limbo. Police are investigating the claims by Kristine and Michael, who firmly believe Natalia is now a 30-year-old woman, weighing it up against the original adoption papers and the newly-found birth mother, who both state she is 16.
"The media is painting me to be a child abuser but there is no child here," Kristine told the says. "Natalia was a woman. She had periods. She had adult teeth. She never grew a single inch, which would happen even with a child with dwarfism."