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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin says she has spoken with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley about the case of Dusten Brown, the biological father in the middle of a custody battle with a Charleston couple.

Tuesday South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed an extradition order for Dusten Brown, baby Veronica’s biological father who is a member of the Cherokee Nation here in Oklahoma.

It orders the extradition of Brown to South Carolina to face felony custodial interference charges for failing to take 3-year-old Veronica to Charleston to be reunited with her legal adoptive parents.

Officials arrested Brown in Sequoyah County Monday; he quickly bonded out.

He also refused extradition without a governor’s warrant.

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South Carolina Governor Haley sent that warrant to Governor Mary Falling who Tuesday said she wouldn’t not act on it before a September 12 Oklahoma hearing on the case.

Governor Fallin issued the following statement.

“As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling.”

“As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina. Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary. 

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