OKLAHOMA CITY – After a brutal battle over the custody of a 4-year-old girl, South Carolina has withdrawn its order of extradition for Baby Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown.
Brown was originally cited for custodial interference when the South Carolina Supreme Court ordered Brown to hand over his daughter to the Capobiancos, the couple who legally adopted Veronica.
Brown was facing up to five years in prison.
However, less than a day before the extradition hearing was scheduled to start, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley withdrew the extradition request.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement:
“My heart goes out to Dusten Brown as well as the Capobianco family. Both have suffered through a long and emotionally exhausting ordeal regarding a young girl they clearly love and wish the best for. I am thankful that Governor Haley has dropped her extradition request, understanding that Mr. Brown has complied with court orders from both South Carolina and Oklahoma courts. It is my hope this legal matter will be closed and that all parties – especially Veronica – can find peace and stability in their lives.”
Brown could still face a penalty, since the charges have not been formally dismissed by the county.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco took custody of Veronica last month after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an order that had been keeping her in the Sooner State.