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No ruling in Madonna's appeal to adopt Malawian girl

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Malawi's highest court adjourned indefinitely Monday after hearing testimony in an appeal against a lower court's ruling last month that Madonna could not adopt toddler Chifundo "Mercy" James.

It's not just the lower court that has the temerity to say "No" to the pop diva.

Mercy's maternal grandmother - the girl's mom died during childbirth - told CBS's Early Show that she was pressured by a local orphanage into giving Mercy up. "I did not want my granddaughter to be adopted," she says, "but, because they have been persistent enough, I have been forced to let my granddaughter go."

And Mercy's apparent father, James Kambewa, has come out strongly against the adoption.

His beef?

"I do not want my baby to be adopted because I want to take care of her and I'm capable to take care of my baby," he told The Early Show. "Mercy, she is a Malawian – so (I) need her to grow as a Malawian, as well with our culture."

Mr. Kambewa, however, has never met his daughter, even though he wears a heart-shaped necklace he made bearing Mercy's name.


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