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5:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Fallin Signs Extradition Order For Dusten Brown

A press release from Governor Mary Fallin's office said that today she signed the extradition order for Dusten Brown, the biological father of “Baby Veronica.”  

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Governor Mary Fallin
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Brown is contesting Veronica’s adoption to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, South Carolina. His arguments have now been rejected by the United States Supreme Court as well as courts in South Carolina and Oklahoma.  

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley requested Brown’s extradition from Oklahoma to South Carolina on August 13th, when Brown was deployed with the Oklahoma National Guard. Brown, who has refused to release Veronica to her adopted parents, faces charges of custodial interference in South Carolina.  

Brown’s extradition does not affect the current placement of Baby Veronica.  

Fallin said her goal was to encourage Brown and the Capobiancos to reach a quick agreement that is in Veronica's best interest. Fallin went on to say she felt that Brown was not acting in good faith, denying visitation rights to the Capobianocos after being ordered to do so by both South Carolina and Oklahoma courts and that for these reasons, she signed the extradition order.

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