Biological dad returns 4-year-old Veronica to adoptive parents
September 23rd, 2013
10:19 PM ET

Biological dad returns 4-year-old Veronica to adoptive parents

The 4-year-old girl at the center of a lengthy, high-profile custody dispute between her Native American father and her adoptive parents has been returned to the couple, a spokeswoman for the adoptive family said Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Dusten Brown, the girl's father, must return the girl, named Veronica, to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who live in South Carolina.

"Veronica is safely in the arms of her parents and has been reunited with her family. Our prayers are with everyone involved this evening. There is no happy ending in this travesty, only closure," said Jessica Munday, a spokeswoman for the family.

The Capobiancos adopted Veronica at birth in 2009 and have been involved in a custody battle since then with Brown, who lives in Oklahoma.

Brown's attorney, Clark Brewster, said his client handed Veronica over Monday night. He said the Browns were "devastated" but thought it best after the court's decision to hand Veronica over to the Capobiancos, with whom she spent the first two years of her life.

"One thing we wanted to avoid was some type of showdown, or sometime of event that would affect Veronica," Brewster said.

The four-year case has spanned state lines and tested an unusual federal law.

The Capobiancos legally adopted Veronica, and Brown learned of her adoption a few months later. Brown, a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, asserted his custody rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act, setting off the legal fight.

A family court judge ruled in Brown's favor in late 2011, and he took his daughter back. The Capobiancos had fought ever since to have Veronica returned.

In June, a divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Capobiancos. The justices said the adoption was proper and did not intrude on Brown's federal rights.

The father then took his case to Oklahoma courts. The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued an emergency stay last month to temporarily delay the transfer of Veronica to the Capobiancos.

Monday, it lifted the stay after the two sides couldn't come together on a custody agreement.

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  1. whitecrow12013

    She is a child of a sovereign nation . Should be with her Cherokee people. Especially when the biological father wants her. What right does this government have any rights to a sovereign Cherokee child? You give her back and forth like she is a chess player on a chessboard. She should be raised with her Native people and their traditions. Especially when her true family wants her to be apart of their lives. This is disgusting

    September 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think he is fooling anyone by pretending he's not gay?

    September 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Zandie is a t r a n s v e s t i t e!

    September 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dexter

    My God. What is wrong with you people?
    At least this child will be in a loving home. Sorry for the dad.

    September 24, 2013 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      Loving home? Love would have said stay with your biological father who obviously wants you as much as we do. Instead they used the media to villainize her biological father whose only crime is fighting to keep his child. Tell me, any "daddy's little girls" out there? Would you want to be with an adoptive bunch of strangers who have no other family on either side, or with your father, your sister, his wife, and your extended family that includes cousins?

      September 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J.R.

    This little girl's life is on a bull ride and ya'll folks are making a mockery out of this thread.
    Ya'll should be ashamed of yourselves.
    What a disgrace.

    September 24, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Victoria

    Have not heard from you since March.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick the chef

    I know. Been hard on me too. With an IRS audit and a third restaurant to open I just haven't had time. Did you receive my gift?

    September 24, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Victoria

    Yes. Guess you didn't have time to read my thank you card either.
    Anyway,, thanks for the new car. I would trade it in to spend just one day with you and Mom. I know it will never happen.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick the chef

    I know how you feel sweetie. See you on Thanksgiving. Say hi to your mom for me will you?
    Love you

    September 24, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Victoria

    Ok. Bye. I love you daddy.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    She is a cutie. Some children wish they had people to fight over them and to be loved.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. rupert


    September 24, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I wish that they would pick a side and stick to it; this can't be doing this child much good.

    I don't suppose the Insane Troll Posse would understand that the two people he's making fun of would simply pick up the phone instead of using CNN. Of course not. What's the fun in that?

    September 24, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    @banasy and chrissy- ditto on posse. -okay look at Veronica's dipples, cute as can be I say.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Hello @ mama and banasy. Yea and just love JRs sanctamoneous post too! What a tool. Even on tragic threads he has to spread his filth!

    September 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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