Markella in care.

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

OMarkella Verami, the 10-year-old girl who was ab­ducted by a 33-yearold sex worker ear­lier this month, has been trans­ferred into state care as so­cial work­ers seek to de­ter­mine the fit­ness of her rel­a­tives to look af­ter her. The girl’s younger brother has also been trans­ferred to a state fa­cil­ity while the probe is un­der way. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, a blood test on Markella af­ter she was found showed traces of psy­chotropic sub­stances though there was no ev­i­dence of sex­ual abuse. The 33-yearold woman de­tained in con­nec­tion with Markella’s dis­ap­pear­ance has al­legedly ad­mit­ted to ab­duct­ing her but de­nied hav­ing any sex­ual mo­tive. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing her pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to a child pornog­ra­phy ring.

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