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 […]

Law governing adoptions of Native American children upheld

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children. Friday’s decision by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal upholds the Indian Child Welfare Act and reverses a Texas-based […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Court moving forward with baby Veronica adoption, father still fighting

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A family court in South Carolina has now set a hearing for Wednesday to determine how to transfer custody of baby Veronica back to her adoptive parents. This is following a ruling from the South Carolina Supreme Court earlier in July. Veronica’s biological father, Oklahoma resident Dusten Brown, said the fight is […]

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 […]

Court allows Baby Veronica to stay in Okla. for now

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Baby Veronica will stay with her biological father while he continues to appeal the decision to send her back to South Carolina. The Supreme Count apparently left a “stay” order in place that will keep the little girl with her biological father for now. […]

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’s father honored by National Congress of American Indians

TULSA, Okla. – Baby Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown, was honored by the National Congress of American Indians. Tuesday Brown was recognized for his service in Iraq with a prayer quilt and eagle feathers. At the meeting the group discussed the custody battle at their meeting, which they see as an issue of tribal sovereignty, […]

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