The mystery girl known only as Maria, and later “Blond Angel,” was positively identified on Oct. 25 as the biological daughter of impoverished Bulgarian parents who say that they left the child in Greece because they couldn't afford to care for her.
According to NBC News, Maria’s DNA has been matched with her Bulgarian parents.
“Analysis proved that Sasha Ruseva is the biological mother of the girl named Maria," Bulgarian Interior Ministry Chief Commissioner, Svetlozar Lazarov told reporters. "It also showed Atanas Rusev as the biological father.”
The blond haired, blue eyed Maria was found in a Greek gypsy camp last week and taken by authorities for safekeeping. At the time, Greek police felt the child could have been a victim of child trafficking.
Investigations are underway now in Greece to determine whether or not Maria’s biological mother “had given her consent for her daughter to be sold abroad.”
Maria’s great-grandmother, Zineb Kasimova, family matriarch to about 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren related to Maria, said that Maria’s mother regrets leaving her daughter in Greece.
"They left the kid because they have no money at all,"
"When the mother saw the child on TV, she went to the neighbors and told them, 'I was a fool to leave the kid there'.'"
"If she doesn't take her home, then I will go there and I will take her home because I'm her great-grandmother."
Since being discovered in the Roma gypsy camp on Oct. 18, Maria has been under the care of the charity “The Smile of the Child,” which released word that the former mystery girl is doing very well, was recently released from the hospital, and is now being taken care of in one of their homes.
“The Smile of the Child” has temporary legal custody of Maria until the Greek judicial system rules differently.
Maria’s Bulgarian family is happy that the child has been positively identified and is hoping that someday she’ll return to her biological relatives.
"I'm happy and I hope that the kid will come home, but nobody knows when," Angel Rusev, the girl’s uncle said. "We're going to take care of her and all the other kids."
For more on Maria and her Bulgarian biological mom, see the video accompanying this article.
See the original report about Maria here: Child abduction and trafficking victim: Do you know this girl? (Video)
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