The biological father of a Cherokee girl adopted by a South Carolina couple has dropped his custody claims.
Dusten Brown and a Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general said Thursday proceedings over 4-year-old Veronica have been dropped in the Oklahoma and Cherokee court systems. Brown and the attorney asked that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., drop a contempt complaint against Brown.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is dropping her request to extradite the biological father of a Cherokee girl who was at the center of a bitter custody dispute. He could still face a charge of custodial interference.
Dusten Brown had been scheduled to appear Thursday in an Oklahoma county court to face extradition to South Carolina. Brown was charged in August with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.
The father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a custody dispute has surrendered to Oklahoma authorities amid claims he's interfering with parental rights granted to a South Carolina couple.
A secretary for Sequoyah County Judge Jeff Payton said Dusten Brown surrendered Thursday. Gov. Mary Fallin signed an extradition warrant Wednesday, saying Brown wasn't negotiating in good faith with a Charleston, S.C., couple granted custody of the girl in July.
Court documents show a lawyer appointed to look out for the best interests of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute has asked a judge to suspend visitation rights for her adoptive parents.
Angel Smith filed a motion in Cherokee County District Court in Oklahoma on Friday asking the judge to suspend the right for Matt and Melanie Capobianco to see 3-year-old Veronica pending a hearing.
The Capobiancos have filed a motion objecting to the stay.
A Cherokee Nation attorney says a 3-year-old girl will be devastated if she is adopted by a South Carolina couple and taken away from her biological father, who is a tribal member.
Chrissi Nimmo, an assistant attorney general for the Oklahoma-based tribe, said today that Dusten Brown is unquestionably a fit parent. She says she can't understand how a South Carolina judge on Wednesday could have issued an order finalizing the adoption of a child living with a fit biological parent.
Brown has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling.
The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma says it's filed a petition for a rehearing of the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision allowing the adoption of a girl of Cherokee heritage by a Charleston-area couple.
The Tahlequah-based tribe said Monday that the court's decision was "troubling."
Several American Indian groups are also preparing to sue over the decision.
The case of a Native American child at the center of a custody dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court has another complication. Dusten Brown, the girl’s biological father, has now filed for adoption.
Brown and other relatives of three-year-old Veronica filed court papers in Oklahoma Monday to adopt the child. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica.