A four-year-old Cherokee girl has been returned to her adoptive parents after weeks of legal discussions that brought the South Carolina couple to Oklahoma.
It happened on Monday when a representative for Matt and Melanie Capobianco stated that "Baby Veronica" had been handed over to the couple. And it was her biological father, Dusten Brown, who handed over the young girl after an Oklahoma Supreme Court suspended a temporary court order granting him custody.According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, the transfer took place around 7:30 p.m. A deputy told KTUL that the Brown's were given about two hours to say their goodbyes, and that the farewell "wasn't easy on anybody."
Veronica was escorted to the Capobianco's by a Marshal and a sheriff's deputy. A deputy says she appeared to be fine.
A judge assigned to the case by the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a statement Monday saying no agreement was reached and the week-long conference in Tulsa had concluded.
Dusten Brown, Cherokee nation member, won custody of Veronica under the Indian Child Welfare Act when his daughter was 2 from Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina.
The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that law didn't apply, and the Capobianco's were finalized as her adoptive parents this summer. But Brown never handed over the child as he appeals through Oklahoma courts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.