Family of Madge's Would-Be Kid 'Laughs Off' Alleged Dad

Appeal begins, sans Madonna
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2009 10:35 AM CDT
Madonna is pictured during her visit to Salaza village near Lilongwe, Malawi, April 3 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – As Madonna’s adoption appeal got under way today in Malawi, the family of orphan Mercy James dismissed attempts by her alleged biological father to interject himself, the AP reports. “How can he claim he is the father when he hasn’t been around all this time?” Mercy’s uncle said of security guard James Kambewa, adding that Mercy’s family agreed to Madonna’s adoption and Kambewa is “just an opportunist.”

“This boy is a joker and we told his delegation never to waste our time again,” the uncle told People. “James has no case since if he wanted to have anything to do with the child he should have been there even after his girlfriend died.”