'I won't give Elton my baby' vows mum of Ukrainian toddler Lev

Monday October 5, 2009

The mother of the youngster who captured Elton John's heart has said she will not give up her maternal rights.

Marina Timoshenko, a 25-year-old Ukrainian, had son Lev taken into care in the eastern European country because of her alcholism.

"I love him so much and desperately want him back so I can hold him again," she says.

The musician had spoken of his hope to adopt the 15-month-old smasher when they met at an orphanage for children affected by HIV.

Marina is HIV positive and penniless, as is her former partner 31-year-old Sergey, who is the father of Lev and his brother Artyom, three.  

Photo: ę Getty Images

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