Bulgarian woman faces charges of selling 'Maria'

A Roma woman in Bulgaria has undergone DNA testing to determine whether she is the mother of the mystery blonde girl Maria, who was taken from a couple in Greece after she was suspected to be unrelated to them.

Sasha Ruseva, pictured here with her son Atans, 2, who faces preliminary charges of child-selling linked to Maria.
Sasha Ruseva, pictured here with her son Atanas, 2, who faces preliminary charges of child-selling linked to Maria. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

The 35-year-old Blugarian, Sasha Ruseva, is now under investigation after she said she once left a baby behind in Greece. She faces preliminary charges of child-selling.

The children of Sasha Ruseva (not pictured) rest at their home in Nikolaevo, southern Bulgaria.
The children of Sasha Ruseva (not pictured) rest at their home in Nikolaevo, southern Bulgaria. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

DNA tests show that the blonde-haired, pale-skinned child called Maria is not related to the Greek couple with whom she was found.

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DNA test confirms Roma parents

Bulgarian authorities say a DNA test has confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma woman is the mother of the Greek mystery girl. The girl has been in the care of a Greek charity after she was seized from the home of another Roma family.