In surprise news, Madonna has lost her bid to adopt Mercy James from Malawi. A judge rejected her application because she has not lived in the African state for 18-24 months — the same rule that was waived when she adopted David Banda four years ago.
“I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna,” judge Esmie Chondo said. There were also concerns that allowing Madonna to adopt may affect other adopted childrens’ human rights. “By removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals,” she added. It was also noted that Mercy is not subject to the extreme poverty of her birth circumstances, currently being resident in one of Malawi’s best orphanages.
It’s unclear at the moment if Madonna will appeal the decision. [Photo: Splash News Online]