Baby Veronica: October Hearing Set for Dusten Brown
A court appearance has been set next month in Sequoyah County for the biological father of "Baby Veronica" as the custody battle continues.Dusten Brown appeared in court Thursday morning where he was presented with an extradition order. Following the court appearance Brown and his attorney moved to the Sequoyah County Jail where he was processed and released on a previous bond.Brown is now set to appear in Sequoyah County on Oct. 3 for a hearing where they will fight his extradition.On Wednesday, Fallin signed the extradition order nearly a month after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley requested Brown's extradition."My goal in the Baby Veronica case has been to encourage both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family to reach a quick settlement and come to an agreement that protects Veronica's best interests," Fallin said. "I said previously that I was willing to delay Mr. Brown's extradition to South Carolina as long as all parties were working together in good faith to pursue such a settlement.I also outlined parameters for what I believe to be acting in 'good faith:' both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family should be able to see Veronica; both parties should continue meeting to pursue a resolution outside of court; and both parties must obey the courts and the rule of law.Unfortunately, it has become clear that Dusten Brown is not acting in good faith. He has disobeyed an Oklahoma court order to allow the Capobianco's to visit their adopted daughter and continues to deny visitation. He is acting in open violation of both Oklahoma and South Carolina courts, which have granted custody of Veronica to the Capobianco's. Finally, he has cut off negotiations with the Capobianco's and shown no interest in pursuing any other course than yet another lengthy legal battle.As governor, I am committed to upholding the rule of law. As a mother, I believe it is in the best interests of Veronica to help end this controversy and find her a permanent home. For both of these reasons, I have signed the extradition order to send Mr. Brown to South Carolina."Brown was charged after refusing to give 3-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents. The Capobiancos were finalized as her adoptive parents in July, but Brown did not turn the girl over.The order does not change Veronica's current placement with Brown's family. A spokesperson for Fallin's office stated that the governor's general counsel has been in touch with Brown's attorneys as well as attorneys with the Cherokee Nation.Brown, who is Cherokee, has argued the girl should be raised in a Native American home.