October 23rd, 2013
07:52 AM ET

Girl Taken From Roma Family in Ireland

Irish police say they have removed a seven-year-old blond girl from a Roma family in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght.

Police say they're not convinced the girl belongs to the family she lived with when she was removed Monday. The girl is now in the care of social services.

Few other details are known about the girl in Ireland. But the situation echoes a similar case in Greece that has grabbed the attention of authorities and parents around the world.

Greek authorities say a girl believed to be five to six years old may have been abducted by a Roma couple there. Authorities have charged the couple with abducting the child they call Maria.

But that girl's DNA didn't match any profile in Interpol's database, the international law enforcement agency said Tuesday.

Interpol said Greek authorities have asked for its help in finding out Maria's identity. "Until now, a comparison of the girl's profile against Interpol's global DNA database has not produced a match," Interpol said in a news release.

Interpol said it would make the database available to authorities in countries where someone who claims to be a possible blood relative to the child has submitted a DNA profile.

The agency has more than 600 missing people listed on its website, 32 of whom are five or six years old.

A spokesman for a Greek children's charity said about ten cases of missing children around the world are "being taken very seriously" in connection with Maria's case.

"They include children from the United States, Canada, Poland and France," said Panagiotis Pardalis of the Smile of the Child charity.

“Though Interpol says Maria's DNA doesn't match any profile in its database, it is still being compared to that of Lisa Irwin,” reports CNN’s Erin McLaughlin.

“Lisa vanished from her parents’ Kansas City home two years ago... and though they believe Maria is too old to be a match, U.S. authorities want to be certain.”

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  1. Brian

    Pardon me for asking the obvious question but it wasn't covered. Did they do a paternal test on the couple that allegedly abducted her? Not all children look like their parents or have the same trates.

    October 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Brian,
      Yes, they did and the child was returned to her family.
      More on CNN here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/23/world/europe/europe-mystery-girls/index.html?iref=allsearch

      Happy New Day!
      Lola
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      October 25, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply

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