Greek police say a random search of a Roma camp last week turned up a blonde-haired, blue-eyed young girl.
"Maria" was found near the town of Larissa in central Greece, authorities say. Police became suspicious of the couple claiming to be the parents of “Maria” because they noticed she didn't look like either of them.
According to authorities, the couple kept changing their story about how they got the child. An attorney for the couple said they adopted "Maria" with the permission of the girl's mother. DNA testing later confirmed they were not “Maria’s” parents.
Authorities are trying to determine if “Maria” was possibly abducted or trafficked.
She was found in “bad living conditions, poor hygiene,” said Panagiotis Pardalis, spokesman for Smile of the Child, the charity now taking care of “Maria.” The charity said she is doing better and would look after her “until a solution in the best interest of the child is found.”
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The couple, who has not yet been identified, has been charged with abducting a minor and falsifying identity documents, according to the state-owned Athens-Macedonian News Agency. Both are expected to appear in court Monday.
Authorities said they received hundreds of calls since releasing photos of the girl last week. They hope releasing photos of the girl will lead to more information about her identity and the suspects.