Greece seeks help to identify girl, 4

Greek authorities have requested international help to identify a four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple whom they have arrested and charged with abducting her.

Greece seeks help to identify girl, 4

A police statement says the child was found on Wednesday near Farsala in central Greece during a crackdown on illegal activities by Roma, also known as Gypsies.

The blonde, pale-skinned green-eyed girl bore no resemblance to the Greek couple, who police said offered conflicting accounts — that she was found in a blanket or was handed to them by strangers.

Police said that DNA testing proved she was not related to the couple. The couple were also reported to have told authorities a pregnant woman had visited the camp, gave birth to the child and left it to the couple to raise her.

Police also said the couple fraudulently claimed to have 14 children. Greece has notified Interpol and international groups for missing children. The girl is in a charity’s care. The girl would have been taken away from her biological parents in 2009.

According to police, the Roma couple had also managed to obtain the girl’s birth certificate from municipal authorities. The four-year-old was being looked after by the child support group Hamogelou Tou Paidiou (Child’s Smile).

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