A documentary series got everyone talking about Natalia Grace’s wild story, and now she’s stepping up to tell it from her side.
The Curious Case Unveiled
This ID series dug into the bizarre tale of an American couple who adopted a girl from Ukraine back in 2010. But get this: they claimed the girl was actually an adult little person who caused chaos in their lives. It’s like something out of a thriller, almost reminding folks of that 2009 horror flick “Orphan.”
Natalia, adopted by Michael and Kristine Barnett, was supposed to be a sweet addition to their family. But soon, doubts crept in about her age. She has a rare form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita.
The Shocking Twist
According to the family, the girl they thought was a young child turned out to be a “sociopath.” They alleged she tried to harm them, even going as far as attempting to poison Kristine.
The Barnetts claimed several instances of Natalia posing a threat to them and their other kids. Things got so intense that in 2012, they managed to legally change Natalia’s age from eight to 22. They moved her into her own apartment, away from the family.
Fast forward, the Barnetts split, and they faced legal trouble for child neglect. Michael Barnett got acquitted in 2022, and the charges against Kristine got dropped the next year.
Now, Natalia’s living with a new couple, Antwon and Cynthia Mans, who befriend her. And guess what? She’s ready to tell her side of the story, denying all the claims her adoptive parents made. Natalia stands firm, insisting she was a kid when they brought her in.
A sneak peek from the fresh series shows Grace facing off with Michael, asking him why they adopt her. His answer? Well, it’s complicate. He points fingers at his ex, calling them both victims of the same “monster”—his former wife and her adoptive mom.
The Show Goes On
This new documentary, “The Curious Case of Natalia Grace: Natalia Speaks,” is now available on Max, giving everyone a chance to dive deeper into this mind-boggling saga.
It’s a rollercoaster story, filled with twists and turns. With Natalia now speaking up, it’s adding another layer to an already gripping tale.