Dusten Brown Posts $10K Bond, Released
Dusten Brown paid his $10,000 bail and has been released. He turned himself into authorities at a 9 a.m. tribal court hearing today in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State authorities arrested Veronica’s birth father, Dusten Brown, on a "custodial interference" charge filed by the pre-adoptive couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco in South Carolina, in connection with his failure to appear in a South Carolina courtroom August 4 for a scheduled four-hour visitation to begin his daughter Veronica's transition to the Capobiancos in James Island, a town in Charleston, South Carolina. Brown was unable to appear at the August 4 visitation, as he was on active duty in Iowa with his Oklahoma National Guard unit. The Oklahoma National Guard approved his emergency leave from Iowa to attend today's tribal court hearing.
The felony warrant for "custodial interference" carries a five year sentence and fines at the discretion of the court.
Dusten Brown’s Charleston-based attorney Shannon Jones, called the situation "a real-life tragedy," reported the PostandCourier.com.
"This is not what adoptions are supposed to be," she said. "What in the world will Veronica think of her adoptive parents when she learns they ... put her father in jail?"
Veronica, who turns 4 next month, has lived with her biological father since she was 18 months old.
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