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Adopted Tot Questions Chase Madge

11/2/2006 5:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

No matter how hard she tries, Madonna can't seem to outrun questions about her newly adopted Malawian heir, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie.

Out with a gal pal for one of her leisurely jogs around New York's Central Park reservoir on Wednesday, the 48-year-old Material Girl, clad in the latest in workout gear--an argyle sweater!--ignored a foreign paparazzo when asked, "How is doing David?"

Madonna has taken flak for adorning her new 13-month-old baby with a red Kabbalah string, which is supposed to protect the wearer from "the evil eye," and is connected symbolically to the tomb of Rachel and defending against ill will. Why are people bugged by this?

Madonna has been in the Big Apple wrapping up a media blitz for her latest children's book "English Roses: Too Good to Be True" and an upcoming edited concert special on NBC, but nearly all questions have been about the controversial third world adoption.

Over 12 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents. Let's give Madge her props for helping.

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