Malawi Court Blocks Madonna Adoption

Judge cites requirement that prospective parents live in Malawi for 18 months
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2009 5:21 AM CDT
Madonna walks with her adopted son, David Banda, at the Mphandula Day Care Centre for orphans near Lilongwe, Malawi, earlier this week.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – A Malawi court has rejected a bid by Madonna to adopt another local child, reports the Times of London. The judge cited a requirement that prospective adoptive parents live in Malawi at least 18 months, according to AP. The rule was waived when the singer adopted son David Banda. This time she planned to adopt a 3-year-old girl. Critics have charged the toddler would be better off with relatives. It wasn't immediately clear if Madonna will appeal.