Courtroom paperwork: Couple modified their daughter’s age, deserted her, fled to Canada

Indiana Police are analyzing a pair who in some way modified their adopted daughter’s documented age earlier than abandoning her.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A five-year investigation resulted in expenses in opposition to mother and father accused of change the age of their adopted daughter earlier than abandoning her and transferring to Canada.

Michael and Kristine Barnett are charged with dependent negligence, in keeping with court docket paperwork filed in Tippecanoe County.

The woman informed police that she was from Ukraine and got here to the USA in 2008 by means of an adoption program. The Barnetts turned his adoptive mother and father in 2010, in keeping with court docket paperwork. The woman, who has a type of dwarfism known as spondyloepiphyseal illness, lived with the household in Hamilton County for 2 years.

In July 2013, the Barnets rented an house for her on eleventh Avenue North in Lafayette, left her alone after which transferred the remainder of the household to Canada, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

Police questioned the woman in September 2014. She informed them that she “had not seen the Barnetts since they moved to Canada”.

The couple additionally elevated their alleged age from 8 to 22 in an Indiana property court docket, in keeping with court docket paperwork, though the method by which the age change was effected was unclear.

Kristine Barnett informed the woman to inform individuals she was 22 and “regarded younger” for her age, investigators mentioned. In June 2010, a physician estimated her age at 8 years outdated. An evaluation in June 2012 confirmed the woman was round 11 years outdated, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

Throughout an interview in September 2019, Michael Barnett informed investigators the household had her age “legally modified” despite the fact that they knew she was a minor. Along with paying the hire for the Lafayette house, the couple didn’t assist the woman financially, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

The woman has since left Tippecanoe County, police mentioned. For some time, she was enrolled in a tuition-free highschool that gives adults and older youth the chance to earn a Core 40 diploma and school credit, reported WFLI.

Michael Barnett and Kristine Barnett each have addresses in Indianapolis, court docket paperwork present.

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