Roma Couple Says They Adopted Greek Mystery Girl

Lawyer says it wasn't an 'exactly legal' adoption, but legitimate nonetheless

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The Roma couple accused of kidnapping a young girl whose unknown identity transfixed Europe after police discovered her living with a family that wasn’t hers now says they adopted her legitimately from the girl’s biological mother.

The girl, Maria, was found living among the Roma last Thursday when police raided a settlement in Greece. Police grew suspicious because she looked nothing like her supposed parents, and DNA evidence revealed that she was not related to the couple.

The couple’s lawyer said Monday that they adopted Maria with the permission of her biological mother, and that although the adoption was “not exactly legal,” it was not an abduction, Reuters reports.  He said he thinks the biological mother will be located soon and can verify what happened. In the meantime, he insists that the couple raised Maria as their own.

The two pretending to be Maria’s parents are charged with abducting a minor and falsifying documents.

[Reuters]

8 comments
mik661
mik661

or maybe it is exactly what they say and people again just automatically assume that Roma are dirty criminals. 

GaurangaPérezRivas
GaurangaPérezRivas

I wonder whether it occurred to those two that, by illegally "adopting a child, they could embroil her in a serious, yet regrettably avoidable, problem with the law. Clearly, they lack the paternal instinct of wanting to protect one's offspring from one's stupidity. 

AazobaYuzuki
AazobaYuzuki

wonder how much greece pays out in illegal adoption money to people like that ....

Karl
Karl

Since they say they adopted her, then a woman in a certain house, in a certain town, in a certain country should easy as pie for them to point out, unless they grabbed the tot off a public square, in which case they are probably not going to tell the police that.

prismus
prismus

The title is a bit misleading, she looks nothing like an ethnic Greek, LOL.

daridekas
daridekas

this is only the top of the iceberg.soon many details will come to light that they will show all the dirt that is hidden behind this case.

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Karl
Karl

@prismus too dumb to understand what the headline means? It's a Greek mystery girl, not a Greek girl mystery.

ThaliaPerry4
ThaliaPerry4

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