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October 10, 2013

Cherokee Nation, Brown drop fight for Veronica

TULSA (AP) — The biological father of a Cherokee girl adopted by a South Carolina couple has dropped his custody claims and is working with the couple on ways to be involved in the 4-year-old’s life, a Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general said Thursday.

Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation said at a news conference that all proceedings regarding Veronica within the Oklahoma and Cherokee court systems had been dropped. In return, they asked that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., drop a complaint against Brown of custodial interference.

“I know we did everything in our power to keep Veronica home with her family,” Brown said as he broke down in tears while reading a statement at his attorney’s office Thursday morning. “Veronica is only 4 years old, but her entire life has been lived in front of the media and the entire world. I cannot bear for (it to continue) any longer.

“I love her too much to continue to have her in the spotlight. It is not fair for her to be in front of media at all times,” he said.

A message sent to a spokeswoman for the Capobiancos seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday. The Capobiancos took custody of Veronica on Sept. 23.

“Although we have always believed that the best thing for Veronica is for her to remain with the Brown family, we lost that legal battle and now the best thing for Veronica is for this litigation to end and for healing to begin,” Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general Chrissi Nimmo said Thursday.

Neither Nimmo nor Brown took questions.

Veronica has been the subject of court battles since she was born to a non-Cherokee mother, who put the girl up for adoption. The Capobiancos had been lined up to receive custody since 2009.

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