Roma camp want 'Maria' back

The family at the Roma camp in Greece where a mystery blonde girl, known as Maria, was found have told ITV News they want her back. A couple have been charged with abduction and procuring false documents.

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Roma couple continue to give evidence in court

A couple are presenting their case in court after a young girl was discovered at a Roma camp in Greece.

A dental examination has revealed the girl, known as "Maria", is aged between five and six years old.

ITV News reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones is outside the court in Larissa, where the couple are giving evidence:

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Greek charity: Maria 'well but to remain in hospital'

The Greek charity taking care of the four-year-old girl known as Maria said she is well but will remain in hospital until a medical examination is completed.

The Smile of a Child charity said the girl, who was recovered from a Roma camp site in Greece "will soon be in one of our homes".

The four-year-old girl, known as Maria, was recovered from a Roma camp. Credit: The Smile of the Child

"We want to thank you all for your messages, calls and the information you have given us," the charity said in a statement.

"We would also like to thank you for the greetings and words of support to little Maria," it added.

Roma leader: Children have not been bought and sold

The leader of the local Roma community where four-year-old blonde girl, known as Maria, was found said children are have not been bought and sold in his town.

The leader of the local Roma community Babis Dimitriou. Credit: APTN

Community president Babis Dimitriou said: "No such thing has happened in our community.

"Is the woman who found the child at fault? She should have gone to the police [and say] 'the Bulgarian abandoned the child with me and got up and left.'"

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Kerry Needham urges police to look for Maria case links

The mother of Ben Needham, speaking exclusively to Calendar, said she wants the Greek authorities to investigate the case of Maria, a four-year-old girl recovered from a Roma camp, to see if there are any connections to the disappearance of her son 22 years ago.

Ms Needham and her family believe Ben was abducted, possibly by people from the Roma community, from Kos in July 1991.

Ben's mother was told the Greek authorities never believed a blonde European child could be harboured in a Roma camp without anyone knowing, but the discovery of Maria disproves that theory, according to Ms Needham.

She spoke to us via Skype while on holiday abroad.

Thousands respond to mystery girl appeal

The little girl, known as Maria, was recovered from a Roma camp in Greece. Credit: REUTERS/Greek Police/Handout

More than 5,000 calls have been made to a Greek charity after an international appeal was made in a bid to discover the identity of a four-year-old girl, known as Maria, who was recovered from a Roma camp in Greece.

The welfare charity Smile of the Child, who is caring for the little girl at one of its homes, has received thousands of calls since Friday.

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