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It's a boy:
Madonna adopts baby

It's a boy:
Madonna adopts baby

Madonna and her husband took custody of a motherless 1-year-old boy from Malawi on Thursday after filing adoption papers and receiving interim approval from a judge in the impoverished southern African nation.

The boy's father said he is happy for his son, named David, and pleased with the celebrity couple who want to be his parents.

Yohame Banda, the father, said he met Madonna and her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, at the court as part of the formalities. While they talked, Madonna, who has two children, carried the baby boy, Banda said.

"They are a lovely couple," Banda said. "She asked me many questions. She and her husband seem happy with David. I am happy for him. Madonna promised me that as the child grows she will bring him back to visit."

Madonna has not commented publicly since her arrival in Malawi on October 4, though she has made several public appearances in support of projects she supports there to care for AIDS orphans. Her publicist declined comment on Wednesday on the adoption reports.

Judge Andrew Nyirenda "has just given out an interim order" allowing Madonna to take David, said Thomson Ligowe, a court registrar. The interim order allows the couple to take the boy home.

Penston Kilimbe, director of child welfare services in the Ministry of Gender, Child Welfare, and Community Services, had said earlier that Madonna and Ritchie filed adoption papers before a judge at the Lilongwe High Court. "They have followed the normal processes. This has been going on for some time. Now this is the completion point," he said.

Madonna and Ritchie have a son, Rocco, 5, and the singer also has a daughter, Lourdes, 9.

On Tuesday, 32-year-old Banda told the Associated Press: "I am the father of David, who has been adopted. I am very, very happy because, as you can see, there is poverty in this village, and I know he will be very well looked-after in America."

He said his wife, Marita, died a month after David's birth from medical complications and that the child had been cared for at an orphanage in Mchinji, a village near the Zambian border.

Banda said his son left the orphanage on Monday and was taken to the capital, Lilongwe. Madonna has visited the orphanage at least once during her visit. Its director, the Reverend Thompson John Chipeta, has refused to speak to the media. (AP)

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