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August 13th, 2013
09:41 AM ET

Biological Father Won't Give Daughter to Adoptive Parents

In an adoption battle spanning nearly 4 years, the adoptive parents of three-year-old Veronica are demanding her biological father return their child to them as ordered by the Supreme Court.

But the father, Dusten Brown, is refusing and has now been arrested. Now Veronica’s legally adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco want answers.

"We prayed the courts would do the right thing and they did,” Melanie Capobianco told the press. “Now we pray that those who are holding Veronica will do the right thing."

The Capobiancos adopted the little girl in 2009. “They raised Veronica for two years before a court forced them to return to her biological father,” reports “Early Start” Anchor Zoraida Sambolin.

“Brown had initially waived his parental rights during the adoption proceedings, but later changed his mind, and filed suit using a little known federal law that protects Native American children from being separated from their families,” Sambolin explains. “Brown is part Cherokee.”

When the case reached the Supreme Court in June, however, justices ruled that “the federal law does not apply in this case since Brown waived his parental rights," Sambolin reports.

Brown, who was charged with failing to show up last week to a court hearing which was meant to ease Veronica back into the home of the Capobiancos, turned himself in on Monday.

“The Capobiancos say they how understand how Brown feels, but they urge him to do the right thing and return Veronica,” Sambolin says.

Veronica’s location is still undisclosed. Brown’s wife Robin says she is safe and with her grandparents.

“Brown wants the case brought back to Oklahoma, the state where Veronica was born and where she has been living,” Sambolin reports.

“The Capobiancos just want Veronica back in their home in South Carolina.”

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