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# Roma children
Roma girl dyes hair to prevent being taken away from her family again
The little girl had blonde hair and blue eyes, different to her parents and siblings.

THE ROMA GIRL who was removed from her family in 2013 has reportedly dyed her hair brown so she won’t be taken from her family again. 

The seven-year-old girl was put in the care of foster parents for three days, while the HSE and gardaí tried to ascertain whether she was the daughter of a Roma man and woman living in Tallaght.

The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said today:

I was very concerned to hear Child T, a seven year old girl, say she has changed her hair colour to prevent her from being taken from her family again.

Concerns were raised about the identity of the child and whether she was in fact their daughter.

The little girl had blonde hair and blue eyes, quite different to her parents and siblings.

A Facebook message sparked a series of events whereby the gardaí investigated the matter, resulting in the child being removed from the care of her family by the HSE until a DNA test could be done.

The DNA test proved that she was in fact their child and was returned to their care.

Timeline: Here’s what happened to the Roma Child T in Tallaght>

Read: ‘A wake up call’: Where to now after the Logan Report?>

Read: “Ethnic profiling” a factor in removal of Roma children, report finds>

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