Mystery of the Blonde Angel

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PostSat Oct 19, 2013 9:39 pm » by 99socks


Greece riveted by mystery of 'blonde angel'


ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have asked Interpol to help them track down the real parents of a blonde girl with green eyes who was found in a Roma camp in central Greece.

Known as Maria, the four-year-old was spotted peeking out from under a blanket at a Roma settlement near the town of Farsala during a police sweep on Wednesday for suspected drug trafficking.

She speaks just a few words in the Roma dialect and Greek, and police think she may be of northern or eastern European origin, possibly from Scandinavia or Bulgaria.

Police have sent Interpol a file with all the evidence they have on the girl, including DNA samples, to seek a possible match with its records on missing children, a police official said. They have also contacted international groups and charities that deal with lost or abducted children.

"Mystery - a blonde angel without an identity," top-selling daily Ta Nea wrote on its front page on Saturday.

Photos released by police of Maria staring blankly at the camera with muddy hands and scruffy pigtails have dominated the media. Parallels were drawn to the case of Briton Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday in Portugal in 2007, when she was three years old.

DNA tests have shown the couple in the Roma camp with whom Maria was living were not her biological parents. The 40-year-old woman and 39-year-old man have been arrested and charged with abducting a minor, and police are investigating whether the girl was a victim of trafficking.


During questioning, the couple gave at least five conflicting accounts of how the child ended up with them, including that she was found outside a supermarket, police said.

The woman had two different identification documents and other papers suggested the couple had up to 14 children, but six were registered as having been born within less than 10 months. They received 2,790 euros ($3,800) a month in child benefits, a police source said.

"This has never happened before - to have found the child and to be looking for the parents," said Natalie Karakouliafi of the Smile of the Child charity, which is looking after the girl. In response to an international appeal, it has received more than 5,000 calls since Friday from people looking for their missing children or offering clues.

The charity received reports that the girl was forced to beg for money in the streets but its director, Costas Giannopoulos, said she was in good health.

"She was frightened and cried herself to sleep. She is not looking for anyone and she is devoted to play," he told Reuters. "It has shaken everyone and has helped bring to light a major problem - just how easy it is to traffic children".

Local police chief Vasilis Halastis told Greek TV: "We're always searching for lost children. In this case we're searching for the opposite: the biological, natural parents. This is unprecedented."

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PostSat Oct 19, 2013 10:44 pm » by Phoenix rising

Awww poor girl, these child snatching bastards should be hung, its so wrong!
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PostSun Oct 20, 2013 2:33 am » by mediasorcery

animals, how dare they do this to childrens. evil priks.
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PostSun Oct 20, 2013 4:15 am » by 31sleo

Phoenix rising wrote:Awww poor girl, these child snatching bastards should be hung, its so wrong!

Yes they should! :hell:

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PostSun Oct 20, 2013 4:50 am » by Evildweeb

99socks wrote::(

...who was found in central Greece.

....possibly from Scandinavia or Bulgaria.


Sounds like a dump and run to me.

Those who steal children rarely turn them loose, especially several countries away.

Poor baby.



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PostTue Oct 29, 2013 10:39 pm » by 99socks

Wow, it just gets worse.... :evil:

Bulgaria to seek Roma girl's return from Greece

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria said on Tuesday it would seek the return of a four-year-old girl found with a Roma family in Greece after DNA tests proved her natural parents were Bulgarian.

Tests have confirmed that Sasha Ruseva, a 35-year-old Roma woman with nine other children, is the mother of the girl named Maria whose blue eyes and blonde hair aroused the suspicions of Greek police when they raided a Roma camp.

Ruseva has said she wants to take back the child she says she left as a seven-month-old baby with another couple in Greece because she was too poor to care for her. She denies she took money for the child.

"The State Agency for Child Protection will take the necessary steps to bring back the girl Maria after it was proven she is a child of Sasha and Atanas Rusev," the agency said in a statement.

It said social workers would meet Maria at the border and accommodate her either in a crisis centre or with a foster family until a decision was taken over her future - whether she should be reunited with her biological parents, cared for by other relatives or remain with a foster family.

DNA tests carried out in Greece showed the Roma couple she was with were not her biological parents and they have been charged with abducting a minor and detained.

The little girl is currently in the care of the Athens-based charity Smile of the Child.

Her natural parents and six of their children occupy one room in a crumbling house on the outskirts of the town of Nikolaevo, some 280 km (170 miles) east of Sofia. The children often sleep on a mud floor and speak little Bulgarian.

Both parents are jobless and live on welfare payments.

The case has illustrated the plight of Roma gypsies in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member state. Many spend their lives close to destitution, illiterate and on the fringes of society. ... 53080.html

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