Cyprus Mail

Businessman the father of boy whose mother died in squalid flat

Some of the piles of rubbish in the flat where the 40-year-old mother died

By Constantinos Psillides

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy, who found his Romanian mother dead in their filthy Larnaca apartment on January 23, was thrown back into the media spotlight on Monday, after daily Politis run a report saying that DNA testing had proved that the child’s father was a Greek Cypriot businessman from Larnaca.

The possible paternity of the child was heavily speculated about in the media in the days following the Forty-year-old woman’s death, leading police to interrogate the unnamed businessman and order a paternity test.

Welfare Services refused to comment on the report, with high ranking official Hara Tapanidou telling the Cyprus Mail on Monday that her office would not say anything on the matter.

“This is a young boy who found himself amidst terrible conditions and was just starting to get better. To even comment on such a report goes against public, and the boy’s, interest,” she said. “This child has been under our supervision for the past months and we will not endanger his well being.”

Accusations reported in Politis claimed that an official within Welfare Services had even tried to have the child deported to cover the story up and protect the businessman who is married with children. Tapanidou said that she would “not grace that report with a comment”.

“This child is supposed to go to school today. One can only imagine how he will be able to do so with all this media attention,” she said.

In a tragedy that caused widespread shock islandwide, the child was found crying over his mother’s body in their squalid Larnaca apartment in January. She was found dead amid piles and piles of garbage which filled her apartment. Some reports said that at some points the garbage was waist-high.

A post mortem determined the cause of death to be an infection of the gastrointestinal tract caused by duodenal perforation for which the woman had previously refused treatment at Larnaca General Hospital. It was thought then the woman was suffering from hoarding disorder.

The boy was living with his mother while his 22-year-old half-brother – from the woman’s previous marriage – was then serving a prison sentence for burglary. He has since been released and deported back to Romania.

It was widely reported that the woman had had an affair with a known Larnaca businessman, who employed the woman but fired her when he found out she was pregnant. The man was then brought in for questioning. He admitted that he knew the woman but denied having had an affair with her.

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