Woman says she found loaded rifle in baby bouncer from Florida Goodwill

VALPARAISO, Fla. (CNN) — A woman in Florida wanted to get her friends a baby shower gift to welcome a new addition to their family. She found a great deal at Goodwill on what she thought was a baby bouncer — but she said the sealed box ended up containing a loaded rifle instead. Veronica […]

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, […]

Baby Veronica ruling affects Oklahoma families

OKLAHOMA CITY — The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday on an important issue affecting Oklahoma families considering adoption involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The high court struck down a South Carolina Supreme Court decision which place baby Veronica with her biological father. The 5-to-4 decision was controversial because that court sided with the […]

UPDATE: Supreme Court rules to send baby Veronica back to adoptive family

UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the 1978 Federal Indian Child Welfare Act and will send baby Veronica back to her adoptive family in South Carolina.  Veronica was born in Oklahoma but her parents put her up for adoption shortly after birth and she was raised by the South Carolina family.  Veronica’s biological father […]

Baby Veronica’s biological mother suing government over Indian Child Welfare Act

OKLAHOMA CITY – Baby Veronica’s biological mother is suing the federal government over a law governing the placement of Native American children. Christy Maldonado has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, claiming parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are unconstitutional. Maldonado said the law uses race to determine who a child […]

Baby Veronica’s biological father files for a rehearing

OKLAHOMA CITY- The custody case for Baby Veronica is far from over. We’ve learned her biological father, Dusten Brown, has now filed for a rehearing. Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court ordered Veronica be given back to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, and the adoption be finalized. That decision strips Brown of […]

Baby Veronica heading to South Carolina, court denies father’s rehearing

OKLAHOMA CITY- A major decision was made Wednesday by the South Carolina Court of Appeals in the custody case of Baby Veronica. Baby Veronica was given up for adoption by her mother here in Oklahoma. She was adopted by a couple in South Carolina and her biological mother was granted open adoption privileges. When Veronica […]

Baby Veronica’s biological father fighting to keep daughter

The biological father of Baby Veronica, the toddler in the middle of a custody battle, is sharing his side of the story. In 2009 a South Carolina couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, adopted Veronica when she was born. In 2011 the toddler was given to her biological father, Dusten Brown, who filed for custody under […]

Baby Veronica to be returned to adoptive parents

Baby Veronica will be returned to her adoptive parents in South Carolina. The South Carolina Supreme Court announced the ruling Wednesday. When little Veronica was 2 years old, the South Carolina couple who raised her was forced to hand her over to her biological father. The father is from Oklahoma and used his status as […]

Cherokee Nation fighting own members on Native American baby adoption

OKLAHOMA CITY – About half a million people in Oklahoma are documented members of a Native American tribe, between 10 and 15 percent of the statewide population. We know Indian tribes have their own land, their own government, in some cases their own health care system and their own courts. Occasionally, cultures overlap and Native […]

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