An American couple is one of ten families around the world who say they have new hope of finding a missing child, after seeing a picture of "Maria." She is the little girl found living in a Roma community in Greece, who authorities believe was kidnapped. This discovery is raising questions about a nearly identical case in Ireland. George Howell is looking into both.
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It is understood DNA tests have proved that a seven-year-old girl taken from a Roma family in Dublin on Monday is their daughter.
Police removed the seven-year-old, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl from her home in the Tallaght area.
The parents told police the child was their daughter, but officers were not satisfied with the explanation, nor with the documents that were produced.
The child was taken into temporary care.
The police action took place against the background of international interest in the case of a blonde-haired child being taken from a Roma family in Greece last week.
Greek police are investigating whether the girl had been abducted.
Meanwhile, a two-year-old boy from a Roma family who was briefly taken into care in County Westmeath has been reunited with his parents.
The boy was taken from his family on Tuesday in Athlone and returned a day later.