Madonna's Baby Delivered to UK

10/17/2006 12:52 PM PDT

Madonna's Baby Delivered to UK

Madge's newly adopted one-year-old son was surrounded by photogs hoping for a glimpse of the boy after his plane landed at Heathrow Airport.

The baby, David Banda, was covered with a gray sweatshirt while being carried by a female assistant, possibly the child's nanny. He received star treatment and was escorted from the terminal to a silver Mercedes by three armed guards.

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie were nowhere in sight though Madge's publicist Liz Rosenberg insists the family will be reunited "in the next few days."

The couple has been granted temporary custody of the Malawian child for 18 months. While the law of Malawi requires the would-be parents to live in the African country for a year under the investigation of welfare officers before adoption, Rosenberg claims the couple "will be evaluated by the courts of Malawi per the tribal customs of the country," albeit in England.

UPDATE: Madonna has issued a statement saying she and husband Guy Ritchie "began the adoption process many months prior to our trip to Malawi" and that reports alleging the couple did not follow proper procedure are "inaccurate." Click here to read her complete statement.