Timeline of Baby Veronica custody case


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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 8/14/2013 5:39 pm Published: 8/14/2013 3:29 pm


FOX23's Michelle Linn searched archives and put together this timeline of the Baby Veronica custody case.

Veronica's birth mother and father were not married, and not talking, when she was born in Oklahoma in September 2009.

The birth mother said Dusten Brown agreed to sign away his parental rights through a text message. She said she hand-picked the South Carolina couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who adopted her daughter.

The couple traveled here for Veronica's birth and then took the newborn back to South Carolina.

Four months later, in January 2010, Brown filed for custody. He was then deployed overseas with the Army.

In September 2011, two years after she was born, a South Carolina family court heard the case.

In December 2011, the court ruled, because of the Indian Child Welfare Act, Veronica should be sent to Oklahoma to live with her father.

On New Year's Eve 2011, Dusten Brown took custody of Veronica from the Capobiancos, who have not seen her since.

The Capobiancos asked the South Carolina Supreme Court to hear the case.

In July 2012, that court ruled against the Capobiancos. The couple kept fighting, and last fall, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

They argued ICWA was being used improperly in this case.

In June 2013, the U.S Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Capobiancos.

Last month, a family court judge in South Carolina finalized Veronica's adoption, and signed off on a seven-day transition plan, to allow the Capobiancos to bring Veronica back to South Carolina.

Last week, Dusten Brown failed to show up for the transfer and a warrant was issued for Brown's arrest.

Only FOX23 cameras were rolling when Brown turned himself in, in Sequoyah County on Monday.

Now the Capobiancos are in Tulsa and Matt Capobianco said, "If it takes another week, another month, another decade -- we're not going anywhere."


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wileyshka - 9/4/2013 8:39 AM
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We as parent said lots of thing we don't mean. if he did he most of been mad at the mom, this story reminds me of Judgment of Solomon.i know the adopted parent love her and if they did, they would let the real father keep her, she seams happy with him, and some day she will grow up and may be hate the adopted parents cause she will see her father fought for her, and move back with him,i wish my father would fought as much as veronica father is.

kandiaple - 8/31/2013 3:45 PM
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This article is incomplete and poorly written. At least print all the facts. I expect more investigative journalism, impartial to the parties, instead of copy/paste from poor sources.

TabJenk - 8/15/2013 11:00 AM
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If you would read the timeline he filed at 4 months old for custody of HIS child.

Jasmine G - 8/14/2013 5:51 PM
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The father signed over his rights as a parent...this decision could affect future adoptions of all Native American children. I have adopted children and I would not want this hassle having the parents decide two years later that they want to be parents.
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