Dad of Madonna's Mercy Speaks: I Want to Take Care of My Baby

-Photo: CBS' Early Show-

It looks like it's not going to be so easy for Madonna to adopt little Mercy James, 4.

Her adoption request was already denied once, and though she is appealing, the father of the little girl is putting up a fight.

"I want to take care of her, and I'm capable of taking care of my baby," James Kambewa told CBS's The Early Show in an interview to air Monday, the same day the court will hear Madonna's appeal. "Mercy, she is a Malawian, so [I] need her to grow as a Malawian ... with our culture," he said. 

The thing is this dude has never even met his daughter. James said he's only seen her "in newspapers and TV, not face to face." Now he wants to take care of her?

The Material Girl's rep, Liz Rosenberg, said she doesn't even know if this guy is Mercy's real dad since she has been in an orphanage since birth.

This guy totally just wants money, don't ya think?

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