Baby Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown, has filed an appeal after an extradition warrant was issued. The Tulsa World reports on Sept. 7 that this is the second appeal filed by Brown. Veronica’s father does not want her to end up with Matt and Melanie Capobianco who have tried to take her back to South Carolina.
Baby Veronica’s case continues to become more complex, and an extradition warrant is not slowing down her biological father. After the governor issued the warrant, Dusten Brown gave himself up at the Sequoyah County jail. However, a judge allowed him to be released on bond. Sheriff Ron Lockhart stated this was unusual because he expected Brown to be sent back to South Carolina.
Dusten Brown has been fighting for the custody of Veronica and claims he did not give permission for Matt and Melanie Capobianco to adopt her. He has filed two appeals with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block the family from taking Veronica.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco have requested visits, so they can see Veronica, but they continue to fight to bring her home to South Carolina. Brown’s lawyers argue the adoption process should be considered invalid. He claims the paperwork was filed in South Carolina while Veronica was still in Oklahoma, so this violates adoption laws.
Veronica will turn four on Sept. 15 and has been split between the two families since birth. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply in this case, but Dusten Brown has vowed to keep fighting.