BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- (AP) — Malawi's highest court says Madonna can adopt a second child from the southern African country.

The Supreme Court of Appeal said Friday that a lower court failed to take modern realities into account in initially rejecting Madonna's application to adopt 3-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James.

Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo also says Madonna's commitment to the welfare of disadvantaged children should have been taken into account.