A 7-year-old girl was removed from an Ireland Roma family, according to BBC News on Oct. 22. The case certainly bears a striking resemblance to the story of the "blonde angel" Maria in Greece, and some wonder just how these cases will turn out.
The Ireland girl was taken into protective custody Monday afternoon after officers questioned the supposed parents and were suspicious of the situation. The couple reportedly claims the child was born to them at the Coombe hospital in 2006 in Dublin. However, it seems the hospital has no matching record of the birth. The authorities were alerted to the possible issue with the family when someone said there was a child living with a Roma family who didn't look anything like her siblings.
Though it is said the parents produced a birth certification and explanation for the child being with them, police were not satisfied. Now the blonde girl removed from the Ireland Roma family will remain in interim care as the investigation continues.
The couple in Greece who had Maria, the “blonde angel,” with them is now facing charges. They maintain that they have Maria due to a non-legal adoption where the child's birth mother gave them the child. Their lawyer maintains they did nothing wrong.
Will the couple in this case be shown to have done nothing wrong as well? Many will be following both cases to see what the investigation determines. Will there be more similar reports like Maria's and that of the girl removed from the Ireland Roma family?