Madonna Picks Out Second African Child, Malawi Girl Mercy James
Madonna is expected to arrive in Malawi this weekend to spend time with Mercy Jones, the Malawian girl she has picked to be her next adopted child.
Even though she faced harsh criticism when adopting David Banda from Malawi, one of Africa’s poorest countries, the 50 year-old singer forges ahead with plans to adopt again.
Mercy Jones is 4 years old and comes from the same orphanage as Banda. Both of her parents are deceased but her grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa, 61, claims it had been agreed that she would take custody of Jones at the age of six and accuses Madonna of “stealing.”
“Why doesn’t this singer pick other children? It is stealing. I want to go to court, I won’t let her go,” Chekechiwa said.
Madonna recently divorced film director Guy Ritchie and has two other children, Lourdes, 12, and Rocco, 8, in addition to 3 year-old Banda.
PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters