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Ukrainian dwarf who ‘pretended to be kid’ helps to sell new family’s fireworks

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A Ukrainian dwarf who was once accused of pretending to be a child has been seen for the first time in years, selling fireworks with her newly-adopted family.

Natalia Grace was aged just six when her adopted family thought she was actually a 23-year-old “adult sociopath”, who they claim tried to kill them.

Kristine Barnett, 45, and Michael Barnett, 43, from Indiana, US, claimed the three-foot-tall Natalia impersonated a child and was actually in her 20s, and tried to kill them.

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The bizarre story was detailed in a recently-released three-part series called The Curious Case of Natalia Grace.

The-then adoptive parents explained their suspicions about Natalia’s age began to rise after she allegedly became violent and “threatened to stab” their other children.

She was also accused of trying to “poison and kill” Ms Barnett.

Their biological son, Jake, also corroborated such claims, stating: "I definitely didn't feel safe around Natalia.”

However, Natalia, who has denied all of the allegations, is now thought to be around 19-years-old and has seemingly moved on with her life and with a new family.

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Taking to Instagram, under the name The Mans Family – her new adopted family, she was seen loving life while selling fireworks in a tent outside of a Walmart in Indiana, United States.

Fans flocked to the post to flood it with comments in support of her.

One wrote: “Love seeing Natalia! She is such a sweet young lady who has been through hell!

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“Glad to see she has a family that loves her – makes my heart melt.

“I've always wondered what happened to her and worried for her.”

And another commented: “Natalia, you are with good people now.”

A third added: “Natalia keep smiling gorgeous you brighten up the world with you sprite and joy.”

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