Indiana couple wanted for abandoning child, moving to Canada

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/CNN) - Police are searching for an Indiana couple wanted on neglect charges amid accusations they abandoned their 8-year-old adopted daughter.

Police are searching for a couple accused of abandoning an 8-year-old in a house in Indiana and fleeing to Canada. (Source: WLFI/CNN)

After a five-year investigation, authorities on Wednesday filed charges against Michael and Kristine Barnett. They reportedly adopted a girl from Ukraine in 2010.

Officials say the couple set the girl up in an apartment in Lafayette and then moved to Canada.

They also say the couple changed the girl's legal age from 8 to 22 years old and told people she had a form of dwarfism.

Police are asking for the public's help.

A police source says the girl’s neighbors stepped in to help care for her. They are also cooperating with the investigation.

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