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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Baby Veronica Saga Continues


As I have previously discussed, biological father Dusten Brown had been ordered by a South Carolina court to turn over Baby Veronica to her adoptive parents. 

Brown and Veronica’s adoptive parents, the Capobiancos, were recently at a Nowata County court hearing in Oklahoma, the outcome of which is unknown.  However, Brown has filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court asking it to stop the Nowata County District Court from carrying out the order. 

This appeal is just another step in the legal maze to obtain custody of Baby Veronica, who turns four this month.  The U.S. Supreme Court, three district courts in Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation tribal court have already been involved in the case.

Even if the Nowata County court decided to enforce the South Carolina court order, the Nowata County court would then need approval from the tribal court on the Cherokee trust land where Veronica currently resides with her paternal grandparents.

See Michael Overall, Biological Father of Baby Veronica Files Appeal with Oklahoma Supreme Court, Tulsa World, Aug. 30, 2013.


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