Mercy's Dad to Madonna: 'I Want to Take Care of Her'

Would-be dad ups his rhetoric on eve of Material Mom's adoption appeal
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2009 10:06 AM CDT
Madonna with her adopted son David Banda at the Mphandula Day Care Centre for orphans near Lilongwe, Malawi, March 30, 2009.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Just days after slamming the Material Mom's loose morals, the father of Mercy James is upping his rhetoric on the eve of Madonna's appeal to adopt the 4-year-old Malawian girl, reports the BBC. James Kambewa argues his daughter should remain in Malawi, despite the fact that he has never met her. "I want to take care of her, and I'm capable to take care of my baby," he said. "Mercy, she is a Malawian—so [I] need her to grow as a Malawian as well with our culture."