Ukrainian dwarf pretending to be child ‘may be serial killer’, neighbours fear

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    The neighbours of the Ukrainian dwarf accused of pretending to be a child feared she could be a "serial killer".

    In 2010, Natalia Grace was adopted by Michael and Kristina Barnett in Indiana, US.

    The parents thought she was six-years-old but soon came to suspect she was much older. After a series of disturbing incidents, discovering she had pubic hair and was hiding periods, Michael and Kristina accused her of being a "sociopathic adult" with dwarfism.

    READ MORE: Family 'terrorised by six-year-old Ukrainian orphan they fear is an adult'

    The family claimed 3ft-tall Natalia made attempts on their lives, using poison and even at one point appearing in their bedroom in the middle of the night holding a knife.

    They were recently acquitted of neglect after they moved to Canada, leaving Natalia to fend for herself. A judge legally changed her age to 22.

    Appearing in a new docuseries The Curious Case of Natalia Grace, neighbours who lived next to Natalia's Lafayette apartment lifted the lid on her chilling behaviour.

    Toby Miles said: "[She was] like a serial killer or something, how casually they put attempted murder into a conversation."

    Toby's wife Melanie recalled: "[She said:] 'I stood over them with a knife, so they took all the knives away, and then I tried to poison them, so I had to live in the garage for a while.'"

    Sue McCallum, another Lafayette resident, said: "'Oh gee, I pulled a knife on my parents, big deal,' – that's the attitude you got from her."

    Toby said he feared cutting ties with Natalia could put his own life at risk. Regarding her adoptive parents ditching her, he said: "If I thought she was just a child who didn't know how to take care of herself, this would be a different conversation."

    Michael and Kristina claimed Natalia terrorised the family after she was adopted in 2010.

    Kristina previously told DailyMailTV: "She would make statements and draw pictures saying she wanted to kill family members, roll them up in a blanket and put them in the backyard.

    "She was standing over people in the middle of the night. You couldn't go to sleep. We had to hide all the sharp objects.

    "I saw her putting chemicals, bleach, Windex something like that, in my coffee and I asked her, 'What are you doing?' She said, 'I am trying to poison you.'

    "The media is painting me to be a child abuser but there is no child here."

    The family claimed they noticed a stark difference between Natalia and another six-year-old child she met with a rare bone disorder named spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia.

    Natalia, who towered over the playmate, had a far more advanced vocabulary and bone structure.

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