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Couple held over child snatch fears

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 01:17

Oct. 19 - Greek police detain a couple discovered with a young girl they suspect may have been abducted. Paul Chapman reports.

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This is the child at the centre of a major mystery for Greek police. She was living with a couple whose conflicting accounts about the girl roused their suspicions. That led to DNA tests which showed she had no genetic compatibility with the supposed parents, who are Roma. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) POLICE DIRECTOR OF THESSALIA PROVINCE, VASSILIS HALATSIS, SAYING: "Up to now it looks as if the child was abducted or taken in 2009 under unknown circumstances." The girl, aged about five or six, will be placed in the care of the Smile of the Child welfare charity after undergoing hospital checks. The organisation's posted her picture on its website with an appeal for information to establish her true identity. Its president says there could be several reasons for the girl's presence in Greece. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SMILE OF THE CHILD PRESIDENT KOSTAS YANNOPOULOS SAYING: "It could be kidnapping and combined effort of these people to buy and sell children, and when you have a good commodity like this one, they try to find a better price because they were using also this little girl in the streets of Larissa to beg because she was blonde, she was cute." The couple in whose care the girl was found were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and falsifying documents.

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Couple held over child snatch fears

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 01:17