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Granny wants to stop Madonna from adopting girl
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Published on 29 Mar. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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A woman wants to stop pop star Madonna from adopting her granddaughter, alleging the singer is "stealing" the child. The 50-year-old Madonna had almost finalised the 19-month long effort to adopt four-year-old Mercy James, but the child's grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa is now trying to prevent this, reports Chekechiwa said: "Why doesn't this singer pick other children? It is stealing. I want to go to court, I won't let her go." The child lives in an orphanage in Malawi and Lucy says she was bombarded by officials concerning the adoption. She said: "They told me when I visited her last month that they want to find a better education and home for Mercy. But I am sticking to the initial agreement that Mercy will return home to me after she reaches six." Mercy was put in the orphanage when her 18-year-old mother died just five days after her birth. The child's father is supposedly a schoolboy who died of AIDS.

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