Pictures show Bulgarian Roma woman with blonde son

Sasha Ruseva with her blonde-haired son Atanas.
Sasha Ruseva with her blonde-haired son Atanas. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Bulgarian Roma woman Sasha Ruseva, who faces preliminary charges of selling the Greek child Maria, has been pictured with her fair-skinned, blonde-haired son Atanas.

The two children of Ms Ruseva (not pictured) at their home in Bulgaria.
The two children of Ms Ruseva (not pictured) at their home in Bulgaria. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Maria was taken away from a Greek couple after authorities suspected that she was unrelated, due to her blonde hair and fair skin which did not match the couple's dark hair and tanned skin. DNA tests have since confirmed that the child is unrelated to them.

Ms Ruseva has a second fair-skinned child, who has striking red locks. Ms Ruseva said she wanted Maria back if DNA tests prove she is her daughter.

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