On Tuesday, Governor Mary Fallin released a statement about the request to send Dusten Brown to South Carolina over a custody dispute.
Brown turned himself in to authorities on Monday after a warrant for his arrest was issued in South Carolina. Brown is fighting a South Carolina couple for custody of his biological daughter.
Fallin said she spoke personally with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley about the case and received the request for his rendition.
Governor Fallin said her priority is to help resolve this issue quickly, in order to protect the well-being of Veronica and to give closure to all parties.
Fallin said she will not send Brown to South Carolina because Mr. Brown is contesting the legality of his arrest warrant in Sequoyah County Court. The court will hear his case on September 12.
Governor Fallin said she will not act on the rendition order before that date.
Fallin urged both the Capobianco family and Mr. Brown to reach a resolution outside of court as quickly as possible.
Governor Fallin issued the following statement:
“As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling.
“As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina. Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary.
“To be clear, the legal system cannot deliver a happy ending in this case. Only Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family can do that. For Veronica’s sake, I urge them to reconcile and to come to an agreement that best serves their child and grants all parties some measure of peace.”