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Father Steps Forward In Madonna Adoption Scandal

Madonna The man believed to be the father of the child Madonna is trying to adopt is now saying he wants to raise her.  "I want to take care of her, and I'm capable of taking care of my baby," James Kambewa told CBS's The Early Show in an interview that aired today, the same day the court will hear Madonna's appeal of the rejected adoption.  "Mercy, she is a Malawian, so [I] need her to grow as a Malawian ... with our culture," he said. 

He also admits he has never met his daughter and has only seen her "in newspapers and TV, not face to face."  It is not clear how he knows that is his daughter. 

It has not been confirmed this man is actually her biological father.  Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said she doesn't know if Kambewa is the girl's father and that Mercy has been in an orphanage all her life. 

Her family is not taking this seriously.  "He said he wanted to make peace with us. He said he wanted to be allowed to take care of his child, but we laughed him off. Where was he all this time?" said one of Mercy's uncles, Peter Baneti.  He is the one who signed the adoption papers allowing Madonna to adopt Mercy.  "This boy is a joker and we told his delegation never to waste our time again."    

The appeal is going to be heard by a three judge panel lead by the head of the Malawi judiciary.  It is unknown whether Madonna will attend the hearing and she is not required to be there.  The chief judge specifically requested it be assigned to him.

"Since this involves an infant it will be heard in chambers," said High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal spokesman Joseph Chigona. "This is an important case; that's why the chief justice himself has taken special interest."  Madonna's Malawian lawyer is positive about the hearing.  "We are hopeful the Supreme Court of Appeal will overturn Justice Combo's ruling," he said.

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Fairly Odd Mother

Ok, this story is interesting but that picture of Madonna----ey yieeeeee!!! She looks like a skeleton with muscles. Someone needs to tell her to cool it with the weight loss. I am suddenly ok with not having so many muscles.

Tricina

I agree that she looks freakier by the day. I feel bad for whatever happens to this kid. It seems like she's got two different sides pulling for her out of media-lust, not a genuine wish to be a parent.

KimAZ

Couldn't even read the post--too traumatized by the photo. Jesus GAWD!

Andi

Ugh, would Madonna PLEASE start wearing shirts with sleeves? GAH!!




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