October 21st, 2013
09:09 AM ET

Suspected Child Abduction of Mystery Girl in Greece

The lawyer for a Roma couple accused of abducting the blond girl found living with them says the pair adopted the child from her biological mother.

In a case that has generated huge interest in Greece, authorities have charged the couple with abducting the child they call "Maria." They are due in court Monday.

Authorities released photos of the child, possibly four or five years old, last week and sought public tips on her birth identity.

Kostas Katsavos, the couple's lawyer, told the Reuters news agency they adopted Maria with the permission of her biological mother.

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“Police launched a public appeal and have asked Interpol to find her real parents,” CNN’s Erin McLaughlin reports.

“Now the lawyer for this couple says that a Bulgarian woman gave them Maria because she could not care for her. But police say this couple has changed their story many times.”

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