Dusten Brown to drop pursuit of custody for Baby Veronica


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 10/10/2013 5:17 pm Published: 10/10/2013 10:10 am


After four years of legal battles all the way up to the United States Supreme Court, the custody battle over the girl known as Baby Veronica is over.

On Thursday, Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, announced he is giving up his fight to get the 4-year-old back.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica's adoptive parents, left Oklahoma with the girl on Sept. 23. They are believed to have arrived home in Charleston on Wednesday night.

Dusten Brown struggled to hold back tears as he announced he is dropping all remaining appeals and litigation in the custody case.

"It's difficult to put into words how empty my, our home feels, especially without her. Going into her room and seeing all of her toys without her playing with them is the worst pain I have ever felt," said Brown.

He said it was a decision no father should ever have to make, but it was simply unfair to keep Veronica in the middle.

"It was the love for my daughter that kept me going all this time. But it was also the love for my daughter that finally gave me the strength to accept things that are beyond my control," he said.

"The time has come for me to let Veronica live a normal childhood that was so desperately needed and deserved. And that means stopping the ongoing litigation here in Oklahoma," he said.

Sources close to the situation tell FOX23 Brown has talked to Veronica on the phone a handful of times and things have been amicable between him and the Capobiancos.

"It is my greatest hope we can work together on a solution that is best for Veronica; one that allows me to continue to be a part of my daughter's life, and see and speak with her on a regular basis," he said.

He also had a message for Veronica.

"My home will always be your home, and (you are) always welcome in it. I miss you more than words can express. You will always be my little girl, my princess. And I will always love you until the day I die. I love you and hope to see you soon," he said.

Brown's attorney also asked the Capobiancos to use any influence they have to get South Carolina courts to drop all charges against him there.

Brown is expected to continue working at a crane and rigging company in Coffeyville, Kan.

Veronica's birth mother released this statement: 

"I am encouraged by this morning's statements and I'm relieved that Dusten is finally accepting that Matt and Melanie are Veronica's parents. But I still wish that he would take some responsibility for his actions, because I think it would help all of us begin to heal and move forward together in a way that is best for Veronica. Some of Dusten's most vocal supporters are still engaged in threatening and destructive behavior, and he and the Cherokee Nation should use their influence to make it stop, for Veronica's sake."



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lesliek - 10/13/2013 3:29 AM
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Continue: Anyone who complains about the bloodquantum % or think it is racist and against our rights as Natives,, usually cannot prove or hardly have Native ancestry to speak of (I don't consider anything beyond 1/8 to be Native, it's just too low, and no, 3/256th is not part!). The One-drop rule/ one ancestor Bandscroll is ridiculous and outdated, and the law of protecting Native heritage about blood quantum and rules, are perfect for our times and necessary with so many claiming Native Heritage (when some hardly have any- like this fellow, to really be "Native", some even have no proof whatsoever to prove the claims they make). I don't agree with every rule or law regarding Native Americans, but this one is to help preserve our culture and our people who are actually still of (and blood quantum) to be Native. He nor his daughter would be considered Native in Whites, Natives, or non-whites eyes. They are white. 1.2% is sad to be considered and shame on the Cherokee Nation for letting everyone and their dog, even if they are 3/500th into their tribe. What a joke. I also dislike the need to mention race in theses articles, and the fixation they are "Cherokee" even when they really are not. The law of protecting Indian children does not work here, as the people who are adopting Veronica are no different then Dusten himself. Same language, same race, same everything. There's nothing being taken away from his daughter being given to the adopted parents. Regardless if they are enrolled from the Cherokee band rolls, most tribes would not allow them join nor would they be eligible for status/blood quantum. As Alto said, for the media to use this as a Native vs White thing, when in fact the father himself is 99% white, is embarrassing. They are not Cherokee! No Native family is being broken up! This law does not apply and its awful the Cherokee nation is supporting this goof, and giving out status like lollipops is just sad.

lesliek - 10/13/2013 3:29 AM
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Continue: Anyone who complains about the bloodquantum % or think it is racist and against our rights as Natives,, usually cannot prove or hardly have Native ancestry to speak of (I don't consider anything beyond 1/8 to be Native, it's just too low, and no, 3/256th is not part!). The One-drop rule/ one ancestor Bandscroll is ridiculous and outdated, and the law of protecting Native heritage about blood quantum and rules, are perfect for our times and necessary with so many claiming Native Heritage (when some hardly have any- like this fellow, to really be "Native", some even have no proof whatsoever to prove the claims they make). I don't agree with every rule or law regarding Native Americans, but this one is to help preserve our culture and our people who are actually still of (and blood quantum) to be Native. He nor his daughter would be considered Native in Whites, Natives, or non-whites eyes. They are white. 1.2% is sad to be considered and shame on the Cherokee Nation for letting everyone and their dog, even if they are 3/500th into their tribe. What a joke. I also dislike the need to mention race in theses articles, and the fixation they are "Cherokee" even when they really are not. The law of protecting Indian children does not work here, as the people who are adopting Veronica are no different then Dusten himself. Same language, same race, same everything. There's nothing being taken away from his daughter being given to the adopted parents. Regardless if they are enrolled from the Cherokee band rolls, most tribes would not allow them join nor would they be eligible for status/blood quantum. As Alto said, for the media to use this as a Native vs White thing, when in fact the father himself is 99% white, is embarrassing. They are not Cherokee! No Native family is being broken up! This law does not apply and its awful the Cherokee nation is supporting this goof, and giving out status like lollipops is just sad.

lesliek - 10/13/2013 3:27 AM
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I disagree completely. This is not a Native vs White thing. There is no cultural differences being taken away from the child here. None atall. Father is white, adoptive parents are white, what's the true issue for Mr.brown? My comment on other news sites still holds true to this: It makes a huge difference between who is and who isn't. If i'm 3/256th Chinese, should i be entitled to call my self a full blood-partly mixed Chinese person? Sounds ridiculous now doesn't it? How can anyone pretend otherwise, or try and justify this? (The Cherokee Nation website looks as if almost everyone on it is white, hardly a Native face on the site, and the chief even looks like he hardly has any to speak of. ) I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER, HAS ANYONE EVEN LOOKED IF THE CHIEF IS EVEN NATIVE? BECAUSE HE SEEMS TO LET IN EVEN ELSE. Anyone who complains about the bloodquantum % or think it is racist and against our rights as Natives,, usually cannot prove or hardly have Native ancestry to speak of (I don't consider anything beyond 1/8 to be Native, it's just too low, and no, 3/256th is not part!).

karlschneider - 10/11/2013 9:57 AM
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So the thickheaded moron finally realized he lost and it's over. Can we just stop hearing about this non-story now?

cptspacecase - 10/10/2013 5:01 PM
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thank god!!!! the only reason this even happened was the racist propaganda machine ran by the Cherokee nation!!! if he realy wanted to be a daddy he never would have given up his rights in the first place!!

His0nly1 - 10/10/2013 11:51 AM
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this is sad i wish he wouldnt give up but i do understand where he's coming from but never give up i hope he really continue to try atleast lil more a lil harder

Bella Luna5 - 10/10/2013 10:48 AM
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It's terrible that a father can't be with his own daughter ,with him saying he wants her to live a normal life proves how good of a father he is , if the Capobiancos wanted the best for Veronica they would have left her by dads side.
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