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Greek mystery girl 'adopted'

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 01:40

Oct. 21 - Lawyer for couple found with a young girl at a Roma camp in Greece says they were caring for her after adopting her illegally. Paul Chapman reports

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This is the home of the Roma couple suspected of abducting the young girl found in their care in Greece. The pair were arrested when police found the girl during a routine check for illegal activities at a Roma settlement in Farsala. Their suspicions were raised because the child bore no physical resemblance to the couple who claimed to be her parents. DNA tests showed they were not her biological parents. An international police hunt is now on to trace the girl's real mother. But their other children and relatives who threw open the doors of their home on Monday say the youngster, referred to as Maria, arrived as a baby and was part of the family. They say she's been well looked-after. The couple's lawyer says they gave conflicting accounts of the child's origins because they adopted her illegally. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KOSTAS KATSAVOS, LAWYER, SAYING: "Our clients' claim is that 'we never abducted this child, we just adopted her in a way that was not legal that we can confess. The child is about five years old and is still in the family. They love her and care (for) her as their own child." The girl is now at a home run by a child welfare charity which says it's had more than 5, 000 calls since Friday in response to its international appeal for information.

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Greek mystery girl 'adopted'

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 01:40

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