(WLFI) — The Indiana Attorney General wants the State Supreme Court to take the case of a couple accused of abandoning their adopted daughter in Lafayette and then moving to another country.
Michael and Kristine Barnett had been accused of changing the girl's age from eight to 22 before leaving her, but the Court of Appeals held the age-change order stopped prosecutors from proving her actual age. The case was thrown out by the court.
Now, the Attorney General is arguing to the state Supreme Court that the age-change was fraudulent and done secretively under a confidential adoption cause.
The petition is asking the justices whether defendants can manipulate the judiciary…to obtain a court order on false pretenses…and then use it to shield themselves from prosecution.