Friday, October 25, 2013

DNA Tests Confirm Bulgarian Is Maria's Mother; Sasha Ruseva Lived in Greece, Too Poor for Maria

DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Bulgarian Roma woman is in fact the mother of a "mysterious girl" in Greece known as "Maria," the Yahoo News website reports today (October 25, 2013).

Genetic profile of Sasha Ruseva matched that of the girl, 4, said Sveltozar Lazarov, an Interior Ministry official in Bulgaria.

Ruseva said she gave birth to the baby four years ago in a hospital in Lamia -- a city in central Greece -- where she was working as an olive picker, but had to give the girl away because she was too poor to care for her.

Maria has been placed in temporary care since last week after authorities raided a Roma settlement in central Greece and later discovered that the girl was not the child of the couple with whom she was living.

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