The Indiana district attorney has accused a couple of abandoning their adoptive daughter at the age of 11, but their age is legally set at 22 and dwarfed.
Tippecanoe County The prosecution has indicted 45-year-old Kristine Elizabeth Barnett and 43-year-old Michael Barnett for leaving the Ukrainian girl in 2013 and moving to Canada.
Following a sworn affidavit filed in the case, the couple adopted the girl in 201
Barnett told the detective that he and his wife had rented an apartment in Lafayette in July 2013. Although they knew that the child did not know anyone in this city, they left them there and made a sworn statement to Canada. Barnett said that they did not give the girl any financial support except that they paid the rent for the apartment.
The girl told a Sheriff Department detective in Tippecanoe County in September 2014 that she had come to the US "by adoption" in 2008 from her native Ukraine and that the Barnetts adopted her two years later. She said she lived with the Barnetts in Hamilton County north of Indianapolis for about two years. They then rented the apartment for them in Lafayette, the seat of Tippecanoe County, about 96 kilometers northwest of Indianapolis.
"She was left alone in the apartment in Lafayette while the rest of the Barnett family moved to Canada," the investigators wrote in the affidavit, adding that the girl has not seen the Barnetts ever since.
The affidavit leaves much to be unclear. among other things, how long the girl lived alone in the apartment before her plight was discovered, and why an investigation that apparently began in September 2014 took years to bring charges against the Barnetts. It is also not clear where in Canada the Barnetts lived or whether they have since returned to the US, although the Barnetts in Indianapolis have different addresses.
The family made headlines earlier when Kristine Bartlett published a book on dressing up in 2014 her son Jacob, whom she described as a prodigy of physics with a higher IQ than that of Albert Einstein. Jacob was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
In 60 minutes, an article on Jacob Barnett was presented in 2012 and the family interviewed at home. The article appeared to show the adopted Ukrainian daughter of Barnetts sitting with the family over dinner
The Barnetts had not been booked or charged by Friday, and no lawyer is listed in the online court records for them.
The prosecutors did not respond to several questions sent to them by e-mail on Friday, a response that they had asked a district judge to issue an order that the Barnetts appear at a first hearing on the indictment should.