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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Haley drops effort to extradite Dusten Brown from Oklahoma in Veronica case

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By Trace A. DeMeyer

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is dropping her request to extradite Dusten Brown, the biological father of Ronnie Brown, the little Cherokee girl placed in a private adoption which is a clear violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Despite this, Dusten could still face a charge of custodial interference.
Dusten Brown had been scheduled to appear Thursday in an Oklahoma county court to face extradition to South Carolina. Brown was charged in August with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.
Last Monday Brown handed over his daughter to the Capobiancos after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay that had kept Veronica in Oklahoma. There have been no sightings of the Capobiancos and Veronica on James Island and no word on when they might return.
Brown of Nowata, Okla., could still face the charge if he ever goes to South Carolina. This could prevent him from visiting his daughter if the Capobiancos would even allow it.

The Cherokee Nation released this statement:
“We are pleased that Governor Haley has withdrawn her request for extradition and see this as a step in the right direction for all involved.”  -Todd Hembree, Cherokee Nation Attorney General

Read more here: news update

THE AP contributed to this story.

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