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Judge weighs gag order for parents accused of abandoning adopted daughter

Prosecutors ask for gag order in Tippecanoe County neglect case

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — Prosecutors in Tippecanoe County have asked for a gag order in the case against parents charged with the neglect of their Ukrainian-born, adopted daughter.

Those parents are Michael and Kristine Barnett.

Prosecutors say the Barnetts adopted the girl in 2010.

But the Barnetts argue she was never a child but instead an adult with a form of dwarfism.

A Marion County judge legally changed the Barnetts’ adopted daughter’s age from 8 to 22 in 2012, a year before the parents left her in a Lafayette apartment.

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Kristine Barnett told News 8 the adoption was a scam.

A hearing on the gag order is scheduled for Wednesday.

A jury trial for the Barnetts is currently scheduled for Jan. 28.

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