The Ukrainian adoptee at the center of a bizarre legal case will appear on "Dr. Phil" to defend herself for the first time since her former parents claimed she was actually an adult sociopath who wanted to kill them.
Natalia Barnett, whose exact age has been the topic of widespread speculation, sat down with host Dr. Phil McGraw to share her side of the story, which made national headlines in September after her former adoptive mother, Kristine Barnett, gave an explosive interview with the Daily Mail.
"They say that you scammed them, that you lied about your age and came over here and terrorized them," Dr. Phil can be heard telling Natalia in a clip of the episode, which airs on Nov. 7.
"It's not true at all," she replies to the host through tears.
Kristine Barnett and her now-ex-husband, Michael, were both charged with felony neglect of a dependent in September 2019, years after leaving their adopted daughter to fend for herself in Indiana in order to move to Canada in 2013.
In their defense, the Barnetts made a list of disturbing allegations against the girl, including claims she tried to kill Mrs. Barnett on two separate occasions, once by shoving her into an electric fence and again by pouring cleaning fluid into her coffee. It remains unclear which claims their daughter will address during her interview.
Natalia appeared on "Dr. Phil" alongside her new guardians, Antwon and Cynthia Mans, who live with her and their five other adopted children in Crawfordsville, Ind. The Mans told Dr. Phil they didn't think twice about taking Natalia in after learning she was in need, despite any possible concerns regarding the safety of their family.
"We're supposed to help," Cynthia Mans, whose husband is a preacher, told Dr. Phil. "Me and my husband adopted these kids. It's like, who would do it if you don't?"
Cynthia Man's Facebook account seems to depict a happy family, with multiple photos showing Natalia smiling and posing with her other adopted siblings.
An anonymous friend of the family previously told to the Daily Mail that the Mans "care for Natalia and she likes being there."
"There's nothing crazy going on or anything. These are good people," she said. "They just so happened to come across this person that was not being treated right and cared enough to put in the effort to make sure something was done about it."