THE biological mother of "abandoned dwarf" Natalia Barnett has disputed claims that she is an "adult" and a "sociopath" as alleged by the US family who adopted her. Anna Volodymyrivna Gava, 40, of Mykolaiv, in Southern Ukraine, maintains that her child is years-old and that she has a rare form of dwarfism. Supposed-teenager Natalia is at the centre of a court case after her adopted parents Kristine and Michael Barnett were charged with felony neglect for allegedly abandoning her. They changed her birthdate from September 4, to , and then moved her into an rented apartment in Lafayette, Indiana, back in , DailyMail.
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By Ben Ashford For Dailymail. It has all the elements of a horror movie: an unsuspecting Christian couple adopts an adorable little girl only to discover she is an adult sociopath masquerading as a child. But as far-fetched as it sounds, this is the astonishing defense put forward by a mom-of-three and parenting author shockingly accused of felony neglect for abandoning her adopted daughter. Kristine Barnett, 45, and her ex-husband Michael Barnett, 43, are alleged to have dumped Ukrainian-born Natalia Grace at an apartment in Lafayette, Indiana in before moving to Canada one month later and breaking off contact. Kristine Barnett, 45, pictured and ex-husband Michael Barnett, 43 have been charged with abandoning their daughter, then 9, in Lafayette, Indiana, and fleeing to Canada in But Kristine denies the claims and says she and Michael were victims of a fraud, stating the girl they adopted was an adult con artist who tried to kill her.
Dwarf girl accused of being adult 'sociopath' is a child, insists birth mum
Dwarfism , also known as short stature , occurs when an organism is extremely small. In cases of proportionate dwarfism, both the limbs and torso are unusually small. Intelligence is usually normal, and most have a nearly normal life expectancy. Those with genetic disorders can sometimes be treated with surgery or physical therapy.
Anna Volodymyrivna Gava, from Ukraine, says her daughter Natalia Barnett - who suffers from Spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia - is still just a teenager. The biological mum of "abandoned dwarf" Natalia Barnett claims she is still a child despite her adoptive parents claims she is a year-old "sociopath". The woman who gave her up for adoption, Anna Volodymyrivna Gava, 40, has now come forward and maintains Natalia has a rare form of dwarfism and is still just a teenager. Speaking through a translator near her home in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Anna said that she had been urged to give her daughter up for adoption by her mother and doctors sixteen years ago.