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Maria update (Girl taken from Gypsies)
by deccaf
October 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

 

Test proves Bulgarian woman mother of mystery girl

 

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In this undated photo released by charity ''The Smile of the Child'' shows a 4-year-old girl at an unknown location. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. A police statement says the child was located Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2013 near the town of Farsala, central Greece, during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities in Gypsy camps. (AP Photo/The Smile of the Child)
 
 
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Bulgarian Roma woman is the mother of a mysterious girl in Greece known as Maria, authorities said Friday.

Genetic profile of Sasha Ruseva matched that of the girl, said Svetlozar Lazarov, an Interior Ministry official.

Ruseva has said she gave birth to a baby girl four years ago in Greece while working as an olive picker, and gave the child away because she was too poor to care for her.

Maria has been placed in temporary care since last week after authorities raided a Roma settlement in central Greece and later discovered that girl was not the child of the couple she was living were not her parents.

Costas Yannopoulos, director of the Greek children's charity "Smile of the Child" which has been looking after the girl said he had no comment on her fate.

"We are dealing with the humanitarian side of this issue, looking after a young girl," Yannopoulos told the AP in response to the news.

Maria's case has drawn global attention, playing on the shocking possibility of children being stolen from their parents or sold by them. But its handling by media and authorities has raised concerns of racism toward the European Union's estimated 6 million Gypsies - a minority long marginalized in most of the continent.

 

What do you think?  Do you think the mother did the right thing giving the girl up?

Replies

  • mrsary
    by mrsary
    October 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM
    Wow I wonder what happened!
  • rissarin
    October 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM
    I don't even know what to think about this deal. That cute little girl tugs on my heart strings.
  • Josie_P
    by Josie_P
    October 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM
    I read yesterday that the Gypsies were prepping the young girl to be a child bride because of her light features. So the mum gave her daughter up for that?! Hmm.
  • deccaf
    by deccaf
    October 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I hadn't heard that!!! 


    Quoting Josie_P:

    I read yesterday that the Gypsies were prepping the young girl to be a child bride because of her light features. So the mum gave her daughter up for that?! Hmm.


     

  • Nighttiger
    October 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM
    I dont think moms intentions were bad. Her heart was in the right place. I think her judgement of people sucks and I hope this girl can find a stable home
  • leahbeah143
    October 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

     

    Quoting Nighttiger:

    I dont think moms intentions were bad. Her heart was in the right place. I think her judgement of people sucks and I hope this girl can find a stable home

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  • christyg
    October 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Its just soooo sad. I want to grab this little girl and bring her home with me ...  I hope she finds a good home!

  • 3mom627
    by 3mom627
    October 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

     If her bio mother didn't think she could provide for her, having 8 children, then, yes, I think her mother did the right thing.

  • cjsmom1
    by cjsmom1
    October 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM
    I would like to know the whole story because there's so much information missing. I'm just glad the little girl is safe now.
  • flutter523
    October 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM
    I feel like there's more to this story

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