What's next for Baby Veronica?


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 9/24/2013 5:32 pm Published: 9/24/2013 4:20 pm


The girl known as Baby Veronica is now on her way back to South Carolina with her adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco after her biological father, Dusten Brown, handed her over Monday night.

This happened after the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided to stop blocking an order recognizing the Capobiancos as Veronica's legal parents.

Brown still isn't talking to media, but Cherokee Nation officials told FOX23 he and his wife were crying and very emotional, but as tough as it was, Brown made the call to let the Capobiancos take Veronica.

Officials told FOX23 News Brown and his wife packed a suitcase full of Veronica's clothes and a suitcase full of her favorite toys, and in an emotional farewell, told her they will always love her.

"It was a very difficult night," said Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree.

Hembree said he and Brown's attorneys were still discussing legal options, until Brown himself made a decision.

"Most importantly, weighing Veronica's best interest, Dusten made the call that transition would occur in the least traumatic fashion. He showed a lot of courage last night. He put his feelings behind what was in Veronica's interest," said Hembree.

Allowing the Capobiancos to take Veronica back to South Carolina may have made his legal fight a bit tougher.

"Dusten made that call. And, like I said, we respect his decisions and we honor those decisions, because I would hope I would have had enough courage, given the same circumstances, to do the same thing Dusten did," said Hembree.

Hembree said he and Brown's lawyers are already working on their next move.

"Assessing our legal avenues and our legal options in various courts. I can't go into details as to what they may be. We have a list of them. We haven't decided which way to go, or which ways to go," he said.

He says so far the courts have failed Brown.

"I truly believe what has happened in this case is not right. I don't think it was ethically right, morally right, nor legally right," he said.

What's right, he says, is having a hearing to determine what's in Veronica's best interest.

"We are confident that if and when that hearing occurs that those factors all break towards Dusten's favor," he said.

He said giving up is not an option.

"As long as there is a viable legal option available, it should be explored," he said.

Hembree said he expects the next steps in the case to happen quickly and that there will be final resolution one way or another fairly soon.

The Capobiancos released this statement about being reunited with Baby Veronica:

"Nearly 21 months ago, we vowed to do everything legally possible to reunite our family. While we are overjoyed to bring Veronica home, we sympathize with the Brown family during this difficult time.


Despite our differences, and everything that has happened over the last several months, we all love Veronica and want what is best for her. We are grateful that the visits we’ve enjoyed with our daughter allowed us to reconnect as a family and ease her transition home. We are all doing well and our focus now is on healing and getting our life back to normal.

While we recognize there are many who have taken a strong interest in Veronica’s case, we ask for privacy during this precious time with our daughter. We are eternally grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support for our family."



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cptspacecase - 9/25/2013 7:08 AM
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hegave up his rights to his exwife then she put the baby up for adoption signed the paperwork and handed her over. this was nothing but racism at its wordt by the Cherokee nation. the other familt wasn't good enough because they were not Cherokee? what a bunch of bs!

Mayor Maynot - 9/25/2013 12:38 AM
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Mr Brown is a true soldier. He skated on the thin ice of the advisement of a group of contingents backed by the Cherokee Nation and a Governor with boobytrapped apron strings. I bet if the doo doo hit the fan and our soldier was called to a far away land that the Capobiancos may grant some grace to a soldier departing to activity. But for now try to get that little girls name out of your mouth and let her live in a little world of ABC's kitties finger paint nd naps.

Lauren - 9/24/2013 6:43 PM
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"While we are overjoyed to bring Veronica home, we sympathize with the Brown family during this difficult time." Then maybe they could have left Veronica with her dad and just visit or call her
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