MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 2, 2013

Brown takes adoption fight to state Supreme Court


Associated Press

— NOWATA (AP) — An Oklahoma man who is seeking custody of his Cherokee daughter has appealed a lower court decision to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Dusten Brown filed a writ of prohibition Friday in Oklahoma Supreme Court. The filing is appealing a decision from Nowata County District Court.

Brown is fighting Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina over the custody of Veronica, now 3.

Veronica’s birth mother put her up for adoption. Brown is Veronica’s birth father and a member of the Cherokee Nation. He fought the adoption of Veronica under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Brown and the Capobiancos were in a Nowata County court Friday.