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Mystery girl Maria's parents found in Bulgaria

DNA tests have confirmed a Bulgarian Roma couple as the biological parents of mystery child Maria, found in Greece last week, Bulgarian officials say.

The officials are investigating whether Sasha Ruseva and Atanas Rusev sold the child - a crime that could result in a jail sentence.

The Greek couple with whom Maria was found, Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, have since been charged with child abduction. They insist the girl was given to them.

Mark Lowen in Athens says police will be left "red-faced" now that the story they were given when they removed Maria appears to have stood up.

  • 25 Oct 2013
  • From the section Europe
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