Contempt of court charge dropped against Baby Veronica’s biological father
CHARLESTON, S.C. – An Oklahoma man, who fought to keep his biological daughter after she was adopted by a couple in South Carolina, will not face charges associated with contempt of court.
After she was born, ‘Baby Veronica’ was adopted by the Capobiancos in South Carolina.
When she was 2-years-old, her biological father, Dusten Brown, fought for custody.
He cited the Indian Child Welfare Act, saying a Native American child should be raised in her culture.
The Cherokee Nation sided with Brown; however, the U.S Supreme Court overruled their decision and sent the case to the South Carolina courts.
Once there, the courts decided that the adoptive parents should have legal custody of
Brown was being held in contempt of court for not showing up to a hearing about the custody case.
However, a South Carolina judge dropped that charge against Brown on Thursday.
He is still facing a criminal complaint of custodial interference in South Carolina.
A court ordered Brown to hand over his biological daughter to the Capobiancos.
However, he refused and would not let the couple visit the girl.
Now, the Capobiancos are seeking compensation for expenses they racked up during a visit to Oklahoma to fight for custody.