Adoptive parents speak out over battle over 'Baby Veronica'


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Updated: 8/12/2013 10:33 pm Published: 8/12/2013 4:19 pm


On Monday, Veronica's adoptive parents spoke out in South Carolina, while Dusten Brown spoke about the situation while still in Iowa.

The fight continues, and so does confusion for 3-year-old Veronica Capobianco.

"She, she don't quite understand it," said Brown, Veronica's biological father.

"She has seen pictures of them with her. She goes, 'Well, I know that's me, but who are they?' I just tell her, 'Those are some people that love you, too,'" he said.

Brown turned himself in to Oklahoma authorities after an arrest warrant was issued. The warrant was issued after Brown did not turn over the toddler to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, in South Carolina.

"Why are you standing by and watching our daughter Veronica be held against our will?" asked the Capobiancos.

The Capobiancos raised Veronica for the first two years and three months of her life. Brown gained custody after that.

"I'm going to fight until I have no fight left in me, until they say, 'You can't fight no more. This is my daughter," said Brown.

The fight went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which essentially ruled Veronica should be returned to the Capobiancos.

"To take her from us is going to be very detrimental to her. It's like ripping her heart out, because she's a very happy child with us," said Brown.

"I am coming to get my daughter," said Matt Capobianco.

It has been a back-and-forth battle that's wounding everyone involved.


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howardo - 8/13/2013 4:23 PM
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I know it seems like the "Okie" macho thing to do in that you fight on in spite or reason, logic or the court but consider this: When you urge the birth father to fight on, hide the girl, and defy the courts, it is setting the scene for a court order prohibiting any future contact with the child and that is something the birth father does not want to do. He (and I'm afraid his Okie cheering squad is helping him) is setting the stage for the courts to really whack him: resisting a court order, antisocial behavior, kidnapping a child who is no longer legally his and perhaps, worst of all, failure to act in the best interest of the child. This child will need his interaction most as she reaches and enters her teen and young adult years. I know it's cute and macho to be a defiant, red-necked Okie but the rest of the world sees this quite differently.

Momof4boys - 8/13/2013 8:27 AM
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This child should never have been taken from the adoptive parents in the first place. The father gave up his parental rights shortly after the child was born. This is a nightmare. The child was very happy with the Capobiancos before she was ripped away by Dusten Brown.

watergirl - 8/13/2013 8:12 AM
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The Capobiancos are very selfish nearsighted ignorant people. If they do get Veronica she will live a lonely life always missing her father and she will never be happy with them. It is sad what some people will do. They should just let her go and pick another child to raise. Nobody wins this. If they get her it will never be like they think it will be. They should just be glad for the time they had with her and move on.
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