Dad who adopted child that was actually aged 22 feared shed stab him and wife

A man who adopted a 'child' who was actually a 22-year-old woman said he feared she would stab him and his wife.

Kristine and Michael Barnett have spoken of a torment they say the woman inflicted on them.

While they thought they were adopting a six-year-old Ukrainian orphan with a rare bone condition, the truth about Natalia Grace was very different.

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In fact, it would turn out she was a 22-year-old woman who they claim left them fearing for their lives.

They adopted her in 2010, but now a new documentary named The Curious Case of Natalia Grace sees the couple make terrifying claims about the strange situation.

In the trailer, Michael said: "We were all abused.

"I hate this. She tried to poison and kill my wife.

"One night, I opened my eyes and Natalia is standing at the foot of the bed with a knife in her hand."

Natalia, however, denies the claims, saying "no, never" in response to a question from Dr Phil about whether or not she ever took a knife to their bedroom.

Asked more about any intention to do harm, she added: "No. If I ever went in their room, it was to wake them up because I was either scared of a nightmare or something like that.

"But I never went in their room, I didn't… "

The claims of the couple are very different though.

In the past, Michael said he found knives under Natalia’s bed and said they would notice things going missing from the house.

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Speaking on This Morning, he claimed: "She would put thumbtacks face up on our stairs so when we'd walk up and down stairs, we'd be stepping on thumbtacks.

"Certain things would start to become missing in the home, we'd find knives under her bed.

"There was a moment when I woke up in the middle of the night and Natalia was standing over my bed with a knife in her hand, a very blank look on her face, and she's just standing there with a knife."

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