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Nowata sheriff won't remove Baby Veronica until courts say so


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Updated: 8/14/2013 12:01 am Published: 8/13/2013 11:59 pm


FOX23 has learned Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin won't turn Dusten Brown, the father of Baby Veronica, over to South Carolina.

People from across the nation have called law enforcement and lawmakers asking them to remove the 3-year-old from the home.

Nowata County James Hallett says he won't do it without an Oklahoma courts telling him to do so.

The Brown family lives in Nowata. As of Tuesday night, no court order was filed in Oklahoma.

"I'm not doing nothing until an Oklahoma court tells me what to do," Hallett told FOX23's Dontaye Carter.


Until then, the sheriff says he'll just wait to see what happens.

Only FOX23 cameras were rolling in Sequoyah County as Dusten Brown turned himself in.
"Dusten, do you think you should've been arrested?” asked Carter.
"No comment," he told cameras as he walked by.

He was released on $10,000 bond. However, Hallett doesn't believe Brown, also one of his former jailers, should have had an arrest warrant out on him.

"I thought that was rather unfair because he was in military training in Iowa," said Hallett.

Brown missed a mandatory meeting with Veronica’s adoptive parents when the warrant was issued.
Brown will contest the legality of his arrest on Sept. 12 in Sequoyah County. Fallin has urged both families to consider a resolution outside of court as quickly as possible.

"They're good people and definitely not trying to keep the baby away from the people in South Carolina. They're doing what they think is right by stepping up to the plate," Hallett said.



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kindagreywolf - 8/14/2013 1:55 PM
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Why should Oklahoma comply? It's an order from another state. S.C. should file a grievance or what ever they call it in an Oklahoma court like they do for any other "Crime".

Rickr - 8/14/2013 6:26 AM
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When I was in the Air Force, the military made it a habit of telling us to never talk to the media about non-military related matters while in uniform. Mr. Brown was shown on TV in his military uniform saying that he would go to jail on behalf of his daughter. Have they changed the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) that prohibited wearing the uniform for an interview with the press regarding non-military related matters?

Rickr - 8/14/2013 6:24 AM
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Mr. Brown was shown in his military uniform saying that he would go to jail on behalf of his daughter. I thought UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) prohibited wearing of the uniform for an interview with the press regarding non-military related matters.

gettingby - 8/14/2013 5:37 AM
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Oklahoma is gaining no credit by refusing to comply with the laws as already expressed. Folks, even the Supreme Court spoke on this one, so stop tormenting the people on the East Coast and comply with the decision. Even the governor is trying to grab votes by being an ass. Time to enter the year 2013 and yield to the law instead of ignoring the court's decision.

pen25 - 8/14/2013 3:13 AM
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"They're good people and definitely not trying to keep the baby away from the people in South Carolina. They're doing what they think is right by stepping up to the plate," Hallett said. seriously? not trying to keep the baby away? they are hiding the child from them. they have refused to attend a court ordered meeting.
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