State wants proof if parties involved in Barnett child neglect case were paid by media

The request includes amounts, dates and forms of any payment or compensation between media and the parties involved in the case.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 10:23 AM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 10:25 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The State of Indiana is requesting copies of all contracts and documents exchanged with media outlets pertaining to Natalia Barnett, the adopted daughter at the center of an ongoing Tippecanoe County child neglect case that has captured world-wide attention. 

The request includes amounts, dates and forms of any payment or compensation between media and the parties involved in the case. This is the state's second request for the information. The first came on Oct. 11. 


The home on N. 11th Street in Lafayette where court documents say the Barnett girl lived. The home is divided into several apartments. Photo: Trevor Peters

The second request comes following Natalia Barnett's appearance on the nationally-televised Dr. Phil show last week. She appeared on the show with Antwon and Cynthia Mans, the couple she now stays with. Michael Barnett previously appeared on Dr. Oz, and Kristine Barnett gave her side of the story with the European news outlet Daily Mail

The state is also requesting a list of interviews given to media outlets which pertain to Natalia. Prosecutors also want a list of all experts and documents the defendants intend to use in trial.

Prosecutors are also now requesting "The name of the Ukrainian/Russian individual whom the Barnetts asked to speak with Natalia Barnett." They also want information "possessed by the Barnetts regarding the 'traveling nurse' claimed to have been employed by the Barnetts with regard to Natalia Barnett in 2010-2013 or any time during those years."

This is the first information revealed about a "traveling nurse" in the bizarre case. 

News 18 has requested multiple interviews with Michael, Kristine and Natalia Barnett. We have also attempted to contact Cynthia and Antwon Mans. They have not spoken with us, and News 18 does not pay for interviews.

Prosecutors claim Michael and Kristine Barnett changed Natalia's age from 8 to 22-years-old, left her in a Lafayette apartment and moved to Canada. Natalia could be 16 or 30-years-old today. 

Terrance Kinnard, Michael Barnett's lawyer, responded to the state's request on Nov. 11, according to court documents. 

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