In what could mark the end of a two-year, multi-state custody battle, Baby Veronica was handed over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, this week after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted its ruling keeping the child in the state. Matt Capobianco—a longtime former Glasspro auto glass technician in Charleston, S.C.—and his wife had fought for custody of the child in a battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Nearly 21 months ago, we vowed to do everything legally possible to reunite our family,” the Capobiancos wrote in a statement on SaveVeronica.org. “While we are overjoyed to bring Veronica home, we sympathize with the Brown family during this difficult time. Despite our differences and everything that has happened over the last several months, we all love Veronica and want what is best for her.
“We are all doing well and our focus now is on healing and getting our life back to normal,” the couple added. “While we recognize there are many who have taken a strong interest in Veronica’s case, we ask for privacy during this precious time with our daughter. We are eternally grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support for our family.”
Originally, Dusten Brown, the biological father, had successfully argued in the South Carolina courts that the termination of his parental rights was invalid under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
He was not married to the non-Indian mother of baby Veronica. The biological mother had selected the Capobiancos as her adoptive parents.
The Capobiancos appealed the state ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in favor of the adoptive couple.
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the South Carolina court reconsider its decision, which it did. The state supreme court had recently finalized the Capobiancos’ adoption of baby Veronica, but the case remained tied up in the courts after the biological father refused to hand over custody.
Brown’s attorneys took the case to the Oklahoma courts. The recent decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court cleared the way for Veronica to be returned to the Capobiancos.