Mystery Blonde Girl Is Roma After All

DNA tests confirm Maria's mother is a Bulgarian Roma woman

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DNA tests confirmed Friday that the mystery blonde girl who was taken from a Roma couple caring for her in Greece is in fact of Roma descent, just not related to the family who raised her.

The 6- or 7-year old, named Maria, is the daughter of a Bulgarian Roma woman who gave the girl away because she was too poor to provide for her, the Associated Press reports. 

The discovery is a vindication to many Roma after the high-profile case provoked prejudiced allegations of child-snatching.

MORE: Roma Writer: Actually, Stealing Children Isn’t Our Favorite Pastime

The Roma couple found caring for Maria were charged with abducting a minor and falsifying documents. It is not yet clear whether those charges will be dropped.

Another blonde girl seized from a Roma family was returned to her parents earlier this week after DNA tests confirmed that she was their daughter.

[AP]

132 comments
MarikaShrinkadoodle
MarikaShrinkadoodle

Interesting how the original story was everywhere, but I had to search for the outcome (major online news sources dropped it like a hot potato).

ChandraPanchabhikesan
ChandraPanchabhikesan

Losing one's own child is a huge trauma. It is so important  that children are protected in every possible way. Stealing children is an unpardonable crime. Just think of the agony of parents losing their children out of theft.  In a lot of cases people who steal children are psychologically disturbed. They need to be helped.


Pancha Chandr Brussels

DCM
DCM

Marie's so called adopted parents, took her in as an investment. When Marie turned 12 or 13 years old, she would of been married off, to the highest bidder. Some old, fat, gypsy male swine.  People who are defending her "so called" adopted parents, are ignorant..

Its not tradition, its raping a child. So before you feel sorry for Maries so called adopted family and their human rights, think about Maries human rights. What about Maries right, not to be forced into marriage at 12 or 13 years old.

What about Maries right not to be raped, night after night, by her so called husband/ rapist. Law enforcement should raid more gypsy camps. Stopping the perverted practice of marring off children. Its slavery and child rape, hiding behind the word tradition.

SariahLee
SariahLee

Seriously this is a major case of racism, how could such a sweet "white" girl be with these dirty dark skinned people?  Check yourself people!

b9968131
b9968131

I do not blame the authority to check the girl out BUT the story line was demeaning to the Roma people. 

b9968131
b9968131

Guilty as charged henceforth I will check my prejudice at the door.

Melanie Bradford
Melanie Bradford

right, but this happened in Mexico as well and the kid WAS their child. she was put in an orphanage just because she had blond hair and her parents didn't and that is just wrong. I mean, the stories not matching up is enough to be suspicious, but not the blonde hair

Cris Fox
Cris Fox

The child wasn't stolen, she was given to this people by her mom.What was the criminal offence in here,by your opinion?

Ann Törnkvist
Ann Törnkvist

Oh, and by the way, I'm European, I'm criticizing us from within (and one eight Roma but who cares really)

Ann Törnkvist
Ann Törnkvist

Do you sincerely believed that you (if you are white) would have your child taken away from you for DNA tests if you he/she looked differently than you? And have you not seen that the Irish police grabbed a fair haired child from a family in Ireland a week later, turns out she was neither sold nor adopted but theirs.

Amy Veneziano
Amy Veneziano

Nice to know prejudice extends well beyond the states.

Gabriel Knight-Gambol
Gabriel Knight-Gambol

Doesn't mean she's stolen. Lets wait to see if the couple are actually charged

Cindy Froman
Cindy Froman

Her parents sold her because they couldn't afford to care for her. Maybe this isn't the best choice to return her to her to biological parents. My concern is about the welfare of this sweet little child.

Michelle Noe
Michelle Noe

Economic woes lead populations to look for scapegoats. It is not entertainment to shame people you know nothing about.

Michelle Noe
Michelle Noe

If the child was given to them by the mother, and they have raised her, then whose child do you think she is, yours?

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

They did a DNA test and these people are not her parents. Read the article!

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

They checked this child's DNA and found these people are not her parents. The parents could not explain how they got the child. So the authorities released information to try and find the real parents. The real parents illegally sold the child to these two people. Which part of this story is a racist witch hunt?

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

can you people not read. She is NOT their child. They did a DNA test and that is when the fuss started. These two people could not explain where the child came from and gave different accounts. It tuens out the mother is roma from Bulgaria but it is still illegal to give away a child so they have still committed an offence but obviously not abbuction

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

They did a DNA test and it was not their child. So they asked where the child came from and both gave different stories. Only at that point did the police believe the child could have been abducted. The lied because it is illegal to give away a child. It is still a criminal offence.

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

Correct it is not the big deal it was made out to be because she was not abducted as first thought. However it is illegal to pass a child to other people without going through the authorities. so a crime has been committed and as the lied to police and failed a DNA test i think it was reasonable to assume they had got the child through some criminal means.

RudyHaugeneder
RudyHaugeneder

Sadly, having just read the headlines and first paragraphs of stories about this case, I was guilty of thinking Little Maria had been stolen from a "white" family by wandering Gypsies because of my previously unrecognized racist bias surfacing -- a racism I was unaware of.  Wonder how many others, including people with dark skin but an ethnic/social bias against Gypsies, did exactly the same thing?  Tens of thousands no doubt.  Shame on us.

barneydidit
barneydidit

Oh...oh, a possibility existed for a moment there that a Roma family had engaged in child snatching. By the logic of most of the southern U.S. states, that clearly indicates a  serious issue, and every country in Europe should immediately keep people from voting unless they have a form of I.D. that's extremely difficult and expensive to obtain. 

Kristina Polansky
Kristina Polansky

Cris Fox u must being joking I hope. This family bought this girl from their native family ( Bulgaria gypsies) and used her for begging for money and steal. Be informed before u post

diwaenergy
diwaenergy

The Europeans saw the blond roma girl and their heads exploded. How can they prejudice roma people if they look exactly like them.

Nella
Nella

Roma people are unique nation & they have no country on their own. They have their own culture & a way of living....Generally they are friendly people with a great sense of humour, also many of them are  musically talented. They live for today like there would be no tomorrow. Integrated in a good communities they seems to be a good people. In Macedonia they are happy residents & have their own political party in the Macedonian Government. 

In regards to the child Maria & the Roma mother with 5 blond children has anyone thought of the possibility of the children being ALABINOS?


boganblarney
boganblarney

The Gypsies, or Romanies, Roma or Irish and Scottish Travellers, Roma gypsies have the following charistics dark brown skin, and eyes, black hair. They are mostly slim and scrawny. They are known for swearing and cursing, lying, stealing, being uncivilised and most of all BLARNEY!. Also in Irelands case it is alleged that they travelled through Spain and picked up there horses and flamingo (River Dance) dancing and took that culture to Ireland. It is common for English people to say that many Gypsies come from Ireland. And the little girl called Marie  allegedly stolen by Roma gypsies in Greece. And the Roma gypsies in Ireland and other Roma peoples are identical .Just google "Roma Ireland" "Roma DNA" and look at all those links and then look at the images and then please make your own opinon. 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/in-the-wake-of-maria-child-abduction-case-we-look-at-the-truth-about-gypsies/story-fni0xs61-1226745999229

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/22/girl-taken-from-roma-gypsy-camp_n_4141921.html

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/shatter-seeks-report-as-roma-children-returned-to-families-1.1571172

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Another+blonde+child+taken+from+Roma+family+after+this+time/9068965/story.html

http://www.irishmirror.ie/incoming/roma-gypsy-who-attacked-two-1777252

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/10/24/roma-woman-discovered-in-bulgaria-who-may-be-mother-of-maria-willing-to-take-child-back-if-hers/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2473971/3-Roma-Gypsies-arrested-ANOTHER-child-kidnapped-Greece.html

Roma gypsies are everywhere in Europe and are said to be from Indian or Pakistan area. Hitler also during World War II  persacuted "Roma Gypsy" people in Central and Eastern Europe. He placed them in labour, internment or concentration camps. And so many Roma gypsie's died under Hilter's command in camps like Lety, Hodonin concentration camp in the former Czechoslovakia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lety_concentration_camp

http://www.lety-memorial.cz/history_en.aspx

http://www.holocaust.cz/en/history/camps/hodonin

http://www.rommuz.cz/en/history-and-language/

http://romafacts.uni-graz.at/index.php/history/general-introduction/general-introduction

If you delete what I write, then I will do the same with yours. Please read and make your own opinion.

aftabkazi
aftabkazi

Sorry to see some very racist comments. Blaming Roma for a rare crime, while they remain almost 99 percent marginalized and discriminated against, is a holier than though attitude. It is like other Europeans do not commit crimes, only Roma. Roma are the descendants of the prisoners of war by Alexander the great. They originate in Sindhu (Indus as Greeks called it) Valley. If Europeans have not yet learned much about their origins that is their fault. Hatred against a people is by itself a human rights crime.

Ann Törnkvist
Ann Törnkvist

Great to see Europe add racist witchhunts to their favourite pasttimes again

George286
George286

Unfortunate but the girl was potentially at risk, human trafficking exists and the protection of children is paramount  --the police should do it again if the same situation occurs, it is more important to protect children than to avoid offending.  On the face of it, it was almost genetically impossible that she was their biological child and her parents could not prove they had lawful custody of her.  A bizarre situation, everyone should apologize to the parents and ask for their understanding. 

TC Ahmetcan Caglayan
TC Ahmetcan Caglayan

Calling these Roma human beings is an insult to humanity. Calling them germs is insulting to germs too.

Melanie Bradford
Melanie Bradford

I hope this doesn't become a trend--"oh you have blonde hair, your parents don't, so YOU DON'T BELONG TO THEM." It's so stupid. It happened to a little girl in Mexico and she was taken away from her parents, then the DNA proved she was their kid. Quit being ignorant and realize genetics do strange things

Cris Fox
Cris Fox

I have to say : God Bless this couple! Sorry for them to have to go through all this . I can see next step : they will hire a lawyer and ask for moral damages....They will win, I'm sure !

Teuta Abazi
Teuta Abazi

So the girl was not kidnaped. The media should have specified this.

Vh Hurtado
Vh Hurtado

come to think of it she does look like her parents

Gilberte O'Sullivan
Gilberte O'Sullivan

Biologically she is of Eastern European (Bulgarian) descent, but still classed under the umbrella of 'Roma' which included Northern India. Hence the difference in skin tone, features and eye colour from her foster parents.

Gilberte O'Sullivan
Gilberte O'Sullivan

Roma can mean of Northern Indian or Eastern European descent. She isn't their biological child by the way.

SamHarris
SamHarris

she is a gypsy sariahlee whether you like it or not! She was with her kind, they may have not been her relatives but they were of her people and gypsies don't like or trust outsiders! So I'm not surprised her mother left her with them.

b9968131
b9968131

@aftabkazi bigots and racist cannot be changed, like inborn stupidity they thrive on misinformation and innuendos.

George286
George286

@Melanie Bradford agree but they can't ignore it either.  What is more important, occasionally offending people by checking or protecting children?  If a black or white family suddenly claimed to have an Asian child or vice-versa, etc.the same thing would and should happen, an investigation.