Native American
8:05 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Hearing Set For Tuesday In Veronica Adoption Dispute

 A family court judge is holding another hearing concerning a South Carolina couple's adoption of a Cherokee child.

Credit Cherokee Nation

Attorneys for the girl's biological father requested the Wednesday hearing in the dispute over Matt and Melanie Capobianco's adoption of 3-year-old girl Veronica.

Last month, a judge finalized the couple's adoption. The girl has been living with her biological father in Oklahoma for more than a year. South Carolina authorities charged him with custodial interference after he failed to show up with the child at a scheduled meeting.

Dusten Brown was serving with the Oklahoma National Guard at the time, and his parents had custody of Veronica through the Cherokee court system. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday she won't consider sending Brown to South Carolina pending a hearing.

The Cherokee Nation has appointed an attorney to represent Veronica's interest. Brown has said he will fight to keep his daughter.