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 […]

Multiple people have been killed in a shooting in El Paso, police say

EL PASO, Texas -The suspect in the shooting at an El Paso shopping center in which multiple people were killed is 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, three sources have told CNN. Two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source confirmed the suspect’s identity. The federal sources said investigators are reviewing an online […]

What we know about the deadly shooting at an El Paso shopping center

A 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, is in police custody after a shooting at an El Paso shopping center that killed 20 people and left 26 others injured, according to El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen. Authorities are looking at potentially bringing capital murder charges against him, Allen said. The case also has a […]

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 […]

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 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’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 […]

UPDATE: Baby Veronica’s biological father released on bail

UPDATE 1:20 p.m.: Authorities have released Baby Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown, on bail Thursday afternoon. He turned himself in after Gov. Mary Fallin signed an extradition order to send him to South Carolina to face criminal charges. Brown’s extradition hearing is set for Oct. 3. The Tulsa World reports the adoptive parents were supposed to […]

Baby Veronica group confronts Governor Fallin

OKLAHOMA CITY – A group supporting Dusten Brown took the opportunity at a public event to confront Governor Mary Fallin over her involvement in the case. Brown’s daughter, Veronica, is at the center of a heated custody battle between himself and the couple from South Carolina that adopted her. A Facebook group, Standing Our Ground […]

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 […]

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