- DNA match traces birth parents of "Maria" to impoverished village in Bulgaria
- Birth mother denies allegations she sold her baby in Greece
- Greek Roma couple who raised Maria are in custody charged with kidnapping
- Maria's birth family speaks a different language
NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria (CNN) -- The homes are built with mud and straw. The streets are dirt and puddles. An old Roma lady gestures that she's so hungry it feels like her belly has been slit.
This is Nikolaevo, a tumbledown Roma village in the heart of Bulgaria.
If fate had dealt a girl known as "Maria" a different hand, she would have grown up here, surrounded by decay and poverty.
DNA tests have now solved part of the mystery of Maria, the child called the "blond angel" by Greek media after she was discovered during a police raid on a Roma camp in Farsala, Greece. Her birth parents are Bulgarian -- Saska Ruseva and Atanas Rusev -- and, like the Greek couple who had been raising Maria, they, too, are Roma.