TULSA, Okla. – Baby Veronica’s adoptive parents said they are here in Oklahoma to do what is best for their adopted daughter.
In a press conference Wednesday in Tulsa, Matt and Melanie Capobianco said they are here to take their legally adopted daughter, 3-year-old Veronica, home to South Carolina.
Gov. Mary Fallin released this statement after the family’s new conference Wednesday:
“Mr. and Mrs. Capobianco deserve an opportunity to meet with their adopted daughter. They also deserve the chance to meet with Mr. Brown and put an end to this conflict. It is important for Veronica’s sake that Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family resolve this matter quickly and grant closure to all parties. If Mr. Brown is unwilling to cooperate with these reasonable expectations, then I will be forced to expedite his extradition request and let the issue be settled in court.”
Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker responded to Veronica’s adoptive parents:
“The Capobiancos have requested the Cherokee Nation and Dusten Brown to follow the South Carolina court’s order, but they forget that Dusten Brown has the same rights to have his arguments heard before our Oklahoma courts and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court. We respectfully ask the Capobiancos to allow that due process. The Cherokee people throughout time have stood our ground and for the rights of our people, and this is no different. We will continue to stand by Dusten and his biological daughter, Veronica, and for what is right.”
Earlier this month a South Carolina court ordered the toddler be returned to her legal adoptive parents but Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown, didn’t show up to a scheduled meeting to transfer custody.
In 2009, Veronica’s biological mother put her up for adoption when she was born and she was adopted by the South Carolina couple.
Brown used his status as a Cherokee Indian to challenge the adoption and try and get his daughter back two years after her adoption to a non-Indian couple.
In 2011, a higher court gave Brown custody, citing the Indian Child Welfare Act.
But the case didn’t end there.
Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled against the other court’s decision, sending Veronica back to her adoptive parents.