A Greek couple faced a prosecutor on Friday charged with abduction after reportedly purchasing an infant from a Roma woman in Zefyri, northern Athens, for 4,000 euros.

The 53-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were arrested in the area of Ano Liosia after police received a tipoff that they had a little girl in their home that was not their biological child.

According to police investigators, the couple were given the Roma child by its mother in Zefyri in March after giving her 4,000 euros in cash. The alleged exchange was made when the child was just a few days old.

The 48-year-old is alleged to have tried, unsuccessfully, to register the child at the local municipality.

The infant has been taken to Athens’ Aghia Sofia children’s hospital for medical tests.

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