OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin signed the extradition order for Dusten Brown, the biological father of Baby Veronica.
After a court ordered Brown to hand over Veronica to the Capobianco family last month, he refused.
That meant that he would face charges in South Carolina for not following the court’s order.
However, it would take an extradition signed by Gov. Fallin to get him there.
The governor did not sign the extradition at the time but announced that she just signed it on Wednesday.
In a statement released by the governor’s office Wednesday, Fallin said she signed the extradition because of Brown’s continuous disobedience of the law.
“My goal in the Baby Veronica case has been to encourage both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family to reach a quick settlement and come to an agreement that protects Veronica’s best interests. I said previously that I was willing to delay Mr. Brown’s extradition to South Carolina as long as all parties were working together in good faith to pursue such a settlement. I also outlined parameters for what I believe to be acting in ‘good faith:’ both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family should be able to see Veronica; both parties should continue meeting to pursue a resolution outside of court; and both parties must obey the courts and the rule of law.
“Unfortunately, it has become clear that Dusten Brown is not acting in good faith. He has disobeyed an Oklahoma court order to allow the Capobianco’s to visit their adopted daughter and continues to deny visitation. He is acting in open violation of both Oklahoma and South Carolina courts, which have granted custody of Veronica to the Capobianco’s. Finally, he has cut off negotiations with the Capobianco’s and shown no interest in pursuing any other course than yet another lengthy legal battle.
“As governor, I am committed to upholding the rule of law. As a mother, I believe it is in the best interests of Veronica to help end this controversy and find her a permanent home. For both of these reasons, I have signed the extradition order to send Mr. Brown to South Carolina.”
Brown is contesting Veronica’s adoption to Matt and Melanie Capobianco.
His arguments have been rejected by the United States Supreme Court and courts in South Carolina and Oklahoma.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley requested Brown’s extradition from Oklahoma to South Carolina on August 13 after he refused to release Veronica to her adopted parents.
Brown’s extradition does not affect the current placement of Veronica.