Baby Veronica’s fate is in the hands of the court as the little three-year-old is wanted and loved by both her biological father and the parents who adopted her at birth. Dusten Brown, who is baby Veronica’s biological father, filed for a second appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday, according to the Web Pro News on Sept. 8.
Brown is trying to block Baby Veronica’s adoptive parents from taking her back. The child has been with Brown since late 2011. In July the court ordered Brown to turn Baby Veronica back over to Matt and Melanie Caprobianco, the couple who adopted the child, but he has not complied.
He has been ordered extradited to South Carolina where he could face felony charges for custodial interference. The extradition order was signed by Governor Mary Fallin after it become clear to her that “Dusten Brown is not acting in good faith” by not following the order.
The order would have allowed the adoptive parents to visit Baby Veronica while the transfer gradually took place. Fallin said in a statement that the courts in both Oklahoma and South Carolina granted custody to the adoptive parents, but Brown is acting in open violation of the court orders from both of those states.
Brown gave up his custodial rights before Baby Veronica was born. The mother of the unborn baby asked Brown to do so and he did. He didn’t know she was going to give the baby up for adoption. He said at the time that he signed over his rights he was going off to war and didn’t know if he’d ever return. He thought he would still be part of the child’s life by visiting the little girl, all he did was give the mother full custody he claims.
Brown, who was arrested then released on bail last week, is expected to return to court in October. Brown’s bail is considered “very unusual” because people waiting extradition are usually not given the option of bail, for obvious reasons. Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart told the media, “I have never seen this before,” when talking about Brown being granted bail while awaiting extradition.
The Baby Veronica case has many people split on whether or not she should be with her father or with her adopted parents. Unless Brown’s latest appeal is heard by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, it looks as if the adopted parents will get their Baby Veronica back.