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Mother accused of adopting child, fleeing to Canada, turns herself in

Mother reports to jail in high-profile neglect case in Tippecanoe County, Indiana

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The mother accused of abandoning her adopted child in a Lafayette apartment and fleeing to Canada is now in custody.

Kristine Barnett turned herself in to authorities Thursday morning, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office also says she has since bonded out of jail.

As we previously reported, she and her ex-husband were accused of abandoning their adopted daughter in a Lafayette apartment.

Kristine’s ex-husband, Michael Barnett, turned himself in on Wednesday. He bonded out an hour after he was booked.

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Barnett has a $500 cash bond and a $5,000 surety. According to the Tippecanoe County Jail, Barnett will have her initial hearing Thursday afternoon if she does not post bond.

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Posted by Dan Klein on Thursday, September 19, 2019