Crime Ukrainian Adoptee Allegedly Abandoned by Indiana Couple Opens Up to Dr. Phil Natalia Grace Barnett breaks her silence on Dr. Phil on Thursday, Nov. 7 — watch the exclusive promo on PEOPLE By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 4, 2019 08:59 AM Share Tweet Pin Email The girl at the center of one of the most bizarre news stories in recent memory breaks her silence this week, speaking for the first time about her ordeal to Dr. Phil McGraw. Natalia Grace Barnett sat down with the talk show host for a segment that airs on Dr. Phil on Thursday, November 7. Barnett was adopted from the Ukraine in 2010 by an Indiana couple who are alleged to have abandoned her more than five years ago — leaving her alone in an apartment before fleeing north to Canada. Michael Barnett, 43, and his wife, Kristine, 45, contend they thought they were adopting an 8-year-old child, but now allege Natalia is a “sociopath” and a “con artist” who is actually an adult woman. Parenting Author & Husband Accused of Changing Daughter’s Age from 8 to 22, Moving Countries Without Her Natalia denied being a con artist during her Dr. Phil interview, an exclusive clip from which is featured on PEOPLE above. Natalia has a form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal, and two years after the adoption, the Barnetts had the daughter’s age legally changed to 22. Barnett recently told Good Morning America he and his wife now think Natalia may be as old as 33. Barnett even alleged Natalia was trying to harm his family. Natalia Grace Barnett reacts to Dr. Phil’s probing questions. “Natalia would do things like place clear thumb tacks on the stairs face up so that when we would walk up the stairs, we would be stepping on thumb tacks to pain and injure ourselves,” Barnett said. Dad Accused of Changing Daughter’s Age From 8 to 22 and Leaving Her Claims She’s Adult ‘Con Artist’ Barnett even accused her of trying to kill his wife by dragging her towards an electric fence. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE’s free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. The interview with Dr. Phil is Natalia’s first since the story first made national headlines in September. In the preview clip, McGraw challenges Natalia on the claims her adoptive parents have made against her as Natalia tells the talk show host she wants to get her side of the story out there. Natalia’s former adoptive parents have been charged with neglecting a dependent. Check local listings for air times.