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Baby Veronica's adoptive parents urge end to custody dispute

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Updated: 8/14/2013 5:37 pm Published: 8/14/2013 4:21 pm

After 19 months of fighting to get their adopted daughter back, Matt and Melanie Capobianco came to Oklahoma to bring their daughter home.

Looking exhausted, Melanie Capobianco told reporters she is saddened by the fact that so many have been hurt by this situation, but that they are ready to restore their family.

"When Matt said we were going to Oklahoma, I was excited about the very thought of seeing Veronica and possibly even bringing her home," she said.

But, she said her heart was shattered when their requests to see Veronica where shunned.

"As soon as we arrived, we requested a visit with our daughter. As a mother my heart broke when our request was denied," she said.

Right now, the Capobiancos say they don't know where Veronica is and with each passing day they lose another day with their daughter.

"People have wondered why after 19 months we chose to come to Oklahoma and it's simple. It's time for this to be over," said Matt Capobianco.

FOX23 asked if they had been offered a joint custody agreement by Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown.

"We are still trying to work those things out with our attorneys," said Melanie.

"We certainly do want the Browns involved in her life and of course her native heritage to hopefully have them involved and learning about that," said Matt.

The couple said they are open to a swift solution with Brown and the Cherokee Nation.

"If there is going to be some thoughtful solution that continues to involve all who love her, this is the time,” said Matt.

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Disgruntled - 8/14/2013 6:15 PM
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Oh,and Kyllein, the federal supreme court has already ruled that the Indian laws do not apply in this case and told South Carolina to finalize the adoption, which they did. I am part Cherokee, and I am ashamed of the tribe for the actions they are taking.

Disgruntled - 8/14/2013 6:12 PM
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You are all forgetting one thing: HER FATHER SIGNED AWAY ALL RIGHTS TO HER!!!That means he has no legal right to keep her. If he had wanted her when she was born, he would not have signed those legal documents. And whether a child is Indian (and she has a very very small amount of Cherokee blood) or not should never be an issue. Black couples have adopted white children, white parents have adopted black children, etc. All that should matter is that these people were there when she was born and they loved and wanted her, which is more than her biological father because HE SIGNED AWAY HIS RIGHTS!! He didn't want her when she was born, so why does he want her now?? Governor Fallin should step up and honor the extradition request and give the child back to her LEGAL PARENTS, not a biological father who didn't want her.

modelman - 8/14/2013 6:00 PM
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I am so tired of all of this story, just leave her alone with her daddy, these people need to go back where they came from and adopt a child that has no family.

Kyllein - 8/14/2013 5:52 PM
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Veronica is a Native American and the law in such cases favors these children remaining within their Native environment. Veronica is not subject to South Carolina law, and Oklahoma has not ruled on the matter. There is a third point here: Veronica is legally an American Indian, and any decision reached will have to be vetted by the Cherokee Nation, which is a legally separate NATION within the State of Oklahoma. This looks like the presumptive adoptive parents are now playing to the Media. Veronica has a family, a loving father and mother (her father's wife). The Capobiancos are White; let them adopt a white child, not a Native American one.
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