DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian couple are the parents of the ‘Blonde Angel’ who was found living with gypsies in Greece. The parents are being investigated for potentially trafficking the child, but the mother of ten explained she did not sell the child, but rather gave her away because she could not care for her.
Sasha Ruseva, 35, was confirmed as the mother of “Maria,” the mysterious blonde-haired blue-eyed girl discovered at a Roma settlement in Greece. She and her husband, Atana Rusev, 37, fled their own gypsy camp in Bulgaria after providing samples for DNA testing.
Blonde Angel Maria’s Parents Identified — DNA Tests Confirm Gypsy Child’s Parents
“We gave her, we gifted her, without money,” Ruseva told Bulgaria’s TV7 on Oct. 24, after she saw Maria on the news. “I didn’t take any money. I didn’t have any food to give to the kid. I saw it yesterday and I’ve been sick. I haven’t eaten since last night.” The mother explained that she did not have the money to file legal documents to take Maria to Bulgaria, which is why she left her with the gypsy family in Greece. Maria’s age was also confirmed by her biological mother, who said she is 4 years old.
The couple reportedly fled after providing blood and saliva samples for DNA testing, for fear they would be accused of child trafficking, according to The Daily Mail.
Blonde Angel Maria’s Bulgarian Family
Ruseva lives in “an impoverished gypsy camp in Nikolaevo in rural Bulgaria where her family share a one-room home without running water,” reported The Daily Mail. “Her husband has an albino gene in his family that may have resulted in Maria’s blonde hair and pale complexion.”
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– HL Staff