DNA Test To Establish Identity Of Mystery Roma Child


DNA tests are to be carried out today to establish the identity of a seven-year-old blond girl who was taken from a Roma couple in Dublin.

It is a case very similar to that of Maria, a little girl found in a Roma camp in Greece with a couple who aren’t her parents.

Gardai were called to a house in Tallaght on Monday afternoon following a tip off and removed the girl. The couple, who claim to be the girl’s parents say she belongs to them and was born in 2006.

However the couple have since failed to provide Gardai with a birth certificate or any other form of proof that she belongs to them. Officers reportedly discussed with experts the possibility a Roma couple could give birth to a blond-haired, blue-eyed girl before she was removed from their care.

The girl’s parents have told Gardaí the child is their own and are co-operating with the investigation.

In a separate incident, Gardai took a child from a Roma couple in Athlone, County Westmeath on Monday evening. DNA samples from both the two year old boy and the couple he was living with were analysed and the child has since been returned to the couple who have been confirmed as his biological parents.

In Greece, a Roma couple argued Monday a little four-year-old girl found in their care had been given to them by the girl’s mother.

“It was an adoption that was not exactly legal but took place with the mother’s consent,” Constantinos Katsavos, one of the lawyers representing the couple said.

Dubbed by Greek media as the “blond angel,” Maria was found with the couple in a Roma camp in central Greece last week. DNA testing showed the couple aren’t her biological parents. Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou have since been arrested and charged with abduction.

Maria is being cared for in Athens by the Greek charity Smile Of The Child and is said to be doing well.

The charity has been inundated with more than 8,000 calls about the girl from around the world, including from people in the US, Scandinavia, Australia and South Africa. Interpol have since become involved in the case and are working off eight strong leads in the hope of reuniting Maria with her biological parents.

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