Couple accused of abandoning adopted daughter and fleeing to Canada arrested, released on bond
WXIN / Tippecanoe County
Michael Barnett, Kristine Barnett

via WXIN

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WXIN) -- The parents accused of abandoning their adopted daughter in Lafayette before fleeing to Canada have turned themselves in.

According to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, Kristine Barnett turned herself in Thursday morning. Her ex-husband, Michael Barnett, turned himself in Wednesday. Both have been released on bond.

The Barnetts, who are no longer married, adopted a girl from Ukraine, according to police. The girl told police she lived with them in Hamilton County before they left her at an apartment in Lafayette in 2013 and moved to Canada, according to court documents.

They’re accused of having the girl’s age legally changed from 8 years old to 22 years old before they left. Michael Barnett told police his wife advised the girl to tell other people she looked young for her age. The girl has a form of dwarfism.

MORE: Couple accused of abandoning adopted daughter and fleeing to Canada arrested, released on bond - WXIN

Comments