Father of Madonna's planned Malawi child wanted him back, 16/10/2006, ABC News Online
The father of the Malawian child pop star Madonna wants to adopt said he had not originally planned to give up his son for good when he handed him to an orphanage after the death of his wife last year.
Yohane Banda told a British newspaper he put his son David in an orphanage when he was just over one-month-old, fearing that he was ill with malaria, which killed his two other sons.
“I suppose deep in my heart I always imagined that when he was better, or I had got another wife, I would go and take him back,” Mr. Banda told the Mail on Sunday.
“I did not think anyone would want to take him away.”
Malawi's High Court granted the 48-year-old entertainer and her filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie an interim order allowing them to take custody of the boy less than a week ago, but the adoption plan has sparked anger in Malawi and elsewhere.
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