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.
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.