Baby Veronica Must Return to Adoptive Parents
The South Carolina State Supreme Court just hours ago ordered the finalization of the adoption of Veronica Brown to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island. The Court has ordered the case to the Family Court judge in Charleston for finalization.
Ending a bitterly fought contest over custody of the child that led to the U.S. Supreme Court in April over the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Capobiancos will be filing shortly with the family court to finalize the adoption. Dusten Brown has five days to file for a rehearing in state court or the adoption will become final.
Brown, his wife Robin, and his family, are devastated by the ruling and issued this brief statement through their attorney in South Carolina.
"I want everyone to think of Veronica and her life as it is now," he said. "My wife and I are her whole life. This is not right."
The Cherokee Nation, who worked with Brown throughout the ordeal, also issued a brief statement.
"We are outraged and saddened that the South Carolina Supreme Court would order the transfer of this child without a hearing to determine what is in her best interests, particularly in light of the fact that this very same court previously found: 'We cannot say that Baby Girl's best interests are not served by the grant of custody to Father, as Appellants have not presented evidence that Baby Girl would not be safe, loved, and cared for if raised by Father and his family,'" a statement from the Tribe reads.
Describing Brown as a "fit and loving parent," the Cherokee Nation said "That should be enough."
According to the Capobiancos' public relations firm, the transfer will most likely take place within the next few weeks.
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