10/22/2013 11:49 am ET

In Ireland, Blonde Girl Seized From Roma Family In Case Similar To Greece's 'Maria'

A blonde girl living with a Roma family in the Republic of Ireland has been put under the care of the country's Health Services Executive, Sky News reports.

The girl, who is believed to be around seven years old, was picked up on Monday after citizens in the city of Tallagh contacted authorities raising questions about the blonde girl living with the Roma family.

The case comes days after a young blonde girl found living with a Roma family in Greece made worldwide headlines. DNA tests showed that the girl, "Maria," was not the biological child of a Roma couple claiming to be her parents. Prosecutors charged the pair with abduction on Monday, the Associated Press notes.

The Sunday World newspaper reports the parents of the girl in Ireland said she was born in 2006 in Dublin but were unable to provide papers proving her identity.

According to Metro UK, police have yet to conduct a DNA analysis. No one has been charged in the case.



Greece's Roma Community