Greek Media Likely Correct 'Mystery Child' Is Bulgarian
Greek media, reporting Thursday morning that the biological mother of the blond girl, found in a Roma camp in Greece, has been identified and is Bulgarian, will most likely, prove correct
Bulgarian police are interrogating in the Gurkovo police precinct, in central Bulgaria, Sasha and Atanas Rusevi, the alleged parents of the girl, the Bulgarian public TV informs.
The team of journalists from www.zougla.gr, the Greek News Portal of one of the best-known investigative journalists in Bulgaria's southern neighbor, Makis Triantafyllopoulos, published the ID cards of the family, with the prosecution's permission. This led the authorities to the Bulgarian village of Nikolaevo in the central Stara Zagora region.
The child, known as Maria and aged about four, was found by Greek police during a drug raid on a Roma community near Larissa in central Greece.
A 40-year old woman and 39 -year-old man have been arrested and charged with kidnapping, since DNA tests revealed that the couple with whom Maria lived was not her biological parents.
Greek authorities then requested assistance from Interpol to find the parents of the girl.
It remains unclear, whether the child was left in Greece, abducted or sold because the information is contradictory. Some neighbors of the couple from the Roma district of the village, say the child was sold, but Rusev's eldest son, Jesus, is quoted in insisting the family left the child in Greece and then returned to Bulgaria.
The family is extremely poor and has between 8 and 10 children. Bulgarian media report as very interesting the fact that at least 5 of these children are albino and have obvious resemblance to Maria.
Neighbors say a few years ago the family really worked in Greece. 11-year-old Fanka, a presumed sister of Maria, has shared with reporters that when her mother Sasha saw the little girl on TV, she started to cry and to repeat "this is my child." Neighbors mentioned the sum of BGN 500 for which the girl was sold in Greece, because the family had no money to return to Bulgaria.
A spokesman for the Roma in central Bulgaria is at the site of Nikolaevo's Roma district. According to him, schemes do sell children do not exist and the child was not Maria. He stressed her biological parents can be determined only after a blood sample is drown and a DNA test is conducted.
In Yambol's Roma neighborhood, said to be Sasha Ruseva's place of birth, no one knows her. Roma people there stated they have not heard of sale of children. Many of them did not know anything about the case of little Maria and were surprised that the mother of the child is from their neighborhood.
The official report of the police in Gurkovo has not yet been released.
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Why is this child's hair dyed red? Now I can see why the other older picture of her has blonde or possibly albino hair regrowth and the longer plaited hair is a darker colour. Anyway, the poor child. She has had a terrible and miserable existance so far, in such afew short years of her life. There is evidence of child trafficking and child abuse here and all of the Roma Gypsies involved (whatever their "Nationalities" are) should be made an example of. This story has now made international news and the focus of the Roma aspect is not racial but a fact of life of how Roma's live in any country.