Another hearing in custody battle over Baby Veronica


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Updated: 9/11/2013 11:20 pm Published: 8/30/2013 8:26 am


There was another hearing in the case of Baby Veronica on Friday, and still no solution as to whether her biological father, Dusten Brown, or her adoptive parents, the Capobiancos, will win custody of the girl.

FOX23's Ian Silver was at the Nowata County Courthouse for the hearing, but a lot of details about what happened are not available because a judge issued a gag order on the case weeks ago.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco arrived at the courthouse around 8:30 a.m. and went in through the back door. About 10 minutes later, Dusten Brown and his wife showed up and went through the same door.

Media was not allowed in the courtroom, so we don't know what was discussed. After about an hour, both families walked out of the courtroom, and each went into a separate meeting room.

During this time, two women stood outside the courthouse holding signs in support of Brown keeping Veronica in Nowata.

Around10 o'clock, Brown and his wife left, showing no emotion, and without making any comments and neither did his attorneys.

An hour later, the Capobiancos also left without saying anything, but they snuck through a back hallway to avoid being seen by cameras.


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Jolie - 8/31/2013 9:03 AM
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Adoption is meant for children who have no natural parents who are able to or are fit to raise them. It was never meant for the primary purpose of satisfying the longings of a childless couple who can afford the fees to buy someone else's child away from them. That is what the Capobiancos have been doing. Buying what should never have been allowed, with their money and powerful political connections in S. Carolina. This little girl already has a father who wanted her since she was a small infant. No amount of legal trickery and PR tactics will change the central fact that the Capobiancos have tried to steal this child, from the beginning of her life, over the objections of her father. Veronica has the right to be raised by her biological father.

Disgruntled - 8/30/2013 5:16 PM
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Yes, the courts have settled this and the Capobiancas were awarded custody. Talk about racism running rabid: the Indians (of which I am one and am deeply ashamed of my tribe at the moment), the Blacks, the Hispanics, and all the other ethnic groups that scream they are not being treated equally. How can you be treated equally when you scream for special attention? Why is it all these groups only want to obey the law when it is in their favor? There can NOT be an equal and even America until all the different groups come together as a unit. There can not be separatism and create an undivided country. The courts have ruled: the Capobiancas are willing to do visitation (at least from what I've read) and as adoptive parents they don't have to do that. And ignorance of what he was signing is not a valid legal argument. If he was deploying at the time, then he had access to FREE military legal advice. If he wasn't sure what he was signing, then he should have asked a lawyer. Obey the laws of this country AS A WHOLE, and return the child where she rightfully belongs. WITH HER PARENTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA!!!

Yooper0525 - 8/30/2013 2:43 PM
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That link might not come up. It can be googled under "Wisconsin Potawatomies of the Hannahville Indian Community" and "Leroy Wandahsega Jr" and the case comes up. It was decided in 1973, even prior to Indian Child Welfare Act laws. Indian children are to be placed with Indian families and the jurisdiction is the Tribal Court of whatever NATION is involved in the case.

Yooper0525 - 8/30/2013 2:35 PM
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That "special status" is what this boils down to. Tribal Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act. That "special status" is Native American ancestry and ethnicity. They are their OWN NATION. Even before the ICWA, it was decided by courts that "Indian children are placed with Indian families" and the "jurisdiction was in tribal court". (i.e.: http://fl.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19740711_0000026.MFL.htm/qx). ~ from a WHITE woman, with Indian ancestry, in Michigan

Jolie - 8/30/2013 1:30 PM
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The Capobiancos have cruelly kept Veronica from her father since she was four months old and he first found out about the adoption proceedings and legally fought to gain custody. Deceptive means were used to get baby Veronica from Oklahoma to S. Carolina right after the baby was born, by mispresentation of details about the father's identity on the adoption paperwork. If they had been honestly and accurately filled out, the Capobiancos would have not had any part in Veronica's life. They, in effect, have tried to steal this child, three times: 1) illegal , unethical adoption procedure, 2) keeping custody for an additional two years after Dusten began his legal fight for custody until it was awarded to him, and 3) still relentlessly pursuing to take the daughter from him, even though she is well and happy where she is. Any parent should be outraged at their conduct and attempts at theft of a child that is NOT theirs.

Jolie - 8/30/2013 1:29 PM
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The Capobiancos have cruelly kept Veronica from her father since she was four months old and he first found out about the adoption proceedings and legally fought to gain custody. Deceptive means were used to get baby Veronica from Oklahoma to S. Carolina right after the baby was born, by mispresentation of details about the father's identity on the adoption paperwork. If they had been honestly and accurately filled out, the Capobiancos would have not had any part in Veronica's life. They, in effect, have tried to steal this child, three times: 1) illegal , unethical adoption procedure, 2) keeping custody for an additional two years after Dusten began his legal fight for custody until it was awarded to him, and 3) still relentlessly pursuing to take the daughter from him, even though she is well and happy where she is. Any parent should be outraged at their conduct and attempts at theft of a child that is NOT theirs.

pammio53 - 8/30/2013 11:16 AM
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if it is still in courts then it is not completed

pammio53 - 8/30/2013 11:14 AM
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if it is still in courts then it is not completed

karlschneider - 8/30/2013 10:24 AM
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Yes, the courts did settle it but some people refuse to follow the rule of law. They think their "special status" allows them to ignore it.

WyoMoe - 8/30/2013 9:35 AM
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Haven't the Courts already settled this?
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