Indian prosecutors have accused a couple of abandoning their 11-year-old adopted daughter, but she was her legally accused age of 22 and has dwarfism in a rented apartment but has not provided them no other financial support.
Prosecutors from Tippecanoe County have filed allegations of abandonment of Kristine Elizabeth Barnett, 45, and Michael Barnett, 43 for abandoning the Ukrainian girl in 2013 and moving to Canada.
According to a probable cause declared in the case, the couple adopted the girl in 2010 and a doctor who examined her that year decided that she was about 8 years old. When a detective spoke to Michael Barnett earlier this month, he said that he and his wife had the girl's age legally changed to 22 in June 2012 and that his wife had told her to tell anyone who asked her to "look young but actually was two years old."
Barnett told the detective that he and his wife had rented an apartment in Lafayette in July 2013 and, although they knew the child didn't know anyone in that city, they left her there and moved to Canada, investigators wrote in affidavit. Barnett said that in addition to paying the rent of the apartment, they provided the girl with no financial support.
The girl told a detective in the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department in September 2014 that she had come to the United States "through an adoption" in 2008 from her native Ukraine and that Barnetts had adopted it for two years. after. He said he lived with the Barnetts in Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis, for about two years, after which they rented the apartment for her in Lafayette, the county seat of Tippecanoe about 60 miles ( 96 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.
"She was left alone in Lafayette's apartment while the rest of the Barnett family moved to Canada," investigators wrote in the affidavit, adding that the girl hasn't seen the Barnettins since.
The affidavit leaves very unclear, including how long the girl lived alone in the apartment before her situation was discovered and why an investigation that apparently began in September 2014 took years to bring charges against the Barnetts. He also does not say where the Barnettins lived in Canada or whether they have since returned to the United States, although the Barnetts have different addresses listed in Indianapolis.
Previously the family had made the news when Kristine Bartlett had published a book in 2014 on the growth of her son Jacob, which she described as a child physics prodigy with IQs higher than that of Albert Einstein. Jacob was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
60 Minutes presented a piece on Jacob Barnett in 2012 and interviewed the family at home. The film appeared to show the Ukrainian daughter adopted by the Barnetts sitting with the family at the table.
Barnetts had not been booked or accused since Friday and the online courts do not list a lawyer for them.
Prosecutors did not answer several questions sent to them on the case on Friday, saying only in a reply that they had asked a county judge to issue an order for Barnetts to appear in an initial hearing on the charges.
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