A court-appointed attorney representing the 3-year old Cherokee girl at the center of an ongoing adoption case has asked a judge to suspend visitation rights for her adoptive parents Matt Capobianco, a former longtime employee of Glasspro in Charleston, S.C., and his wife Melanie, according to a report.
A mediation agreement had been reached earlier this month, allowing the Capobiancos to reportedly visit with baby Veronica. They had not seen her in more than two years. However, the recent request would end these visits. The mediation agreement was sealed.
Attorney Angel Smith had filed the motion in Cherokee County District Court in Oklahoma. The Capobiancos filed a motion objecting to the stay and also objected to the motion to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent Veronica.
In another move further complicating the case, Judge Holli Wells, who has been overseeing the case in Oklahoma, recently recused herself. A gag order is in effect to prevent either side from commenting on the ongoing proceedings.
In reaction to the recent developments, the Charleston County sheriff sent two deputies and a South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division agent to Oklahoma as a “precautionary measure in the event their assistance was needed in connection with the upcoming court proceedings in the case,” according to a report.
The custody battle has gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Though the South Carolina Supreme Court recently finalized the Capobiancos’ adoption of baby Veronica, the case continues to remain tied up in the courts after the biological father, who lives in Oklahoma, has refused to hand over custody.
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the South Carolina court reconsider its decision, which it did.
The Capobiancos have been staying in Oklahoma while the legal proceedings continue.