Bulgarian Roma Woman Confirmed as Mother of Mystery Girl From Gypsy Camp

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DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Bulgarian Roma woman is the mother of the mysterious girl found in Greece and known only as Maria.

A genetic profile of Sasha Ruseva matched that of the girl.

Ruseva has said she gave birth to a baby girl four years ago while working as an olive picker, but gave her away because she was too poor to care for her.

The mother was living in Greece at the time.

Maria has been placed in temporary care since last week after authorities raided a Roma gypsy settlement in central Greece and discovered her there.

An investigator noticed immediately that she looked nothing like her "parents," and a DNA test quickly confirmed she was not, sparking an international search.

Over 8,000 parents of missing children inquired, and many leads were taken seriously. Some even thought she could be Lisa Irwin or Madeleine McCann.

She is not, and it is unclear where she'll go next.

Costas Yannopoulos, director of the Greek children's charity "Smile of the Child" which has been looking after the girl said he had no comment on her fate.

"We are dealing with the humanitarian side of this issue, looking after a young girl," Yannopoulos said of the case that has drawn global attention.

Maria's case has drawn global attention, with the shocking trend of children being stolen from their parents or sold by them now under heightened scrutiny.

The case has also raised concerns of racism toward the European Union's estimated 6 million Gypsies, a minority long marginalized in most of the continent.


Didn't she have blonde hair last week ? WTF happened ??


did you live her life?


This is highlighting the insanity of over zealous child protectors who do more harm than good. The child probably wishes she was home and this never happened. She's already an adoptee once over, now she belongs to the system.


That kid is a Kardashian ?! Looks about the same . Bunch of AIDS bringers and baby killers. The put a curse on the Jews of Hollywood becuase of the greed . Watch forthe 2nd coming !!beware


Hitler was stopped just a bit to soon


If she gave her away, why is she coming forward now? Are these the people she gave her to? A lot of questions need answering.