Cherokee girl at center of yearslong custody dispute handed over to adoptive parents

  • Article by: KRISTI EATON , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 23, 2013 - 11:11 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY — A South Carolina couple who vowed last month to not leave Oklahoma unless they went home with a 4-year-old Cherokee girl they have been trying to adopt since her birth were given custody of the girl Monday night after the Oklahoma Supreme Court said it didn't have jurisdiction over the child.

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BABloomSep. 24, 1312:13 AM

More appropriate headline....Child returns to family. Baby Veronica's family since she left the hospital was affirmed by multiple courts The fact that part of her father's lineage is Cherokee was ruled not germane to the status of this little girl and does not need to appear in the headline.

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eman2001Sep. 24, 13 8:43 AM

So much for father's and children's rights. Child was removed from her biological father with whom she had lived with for nearly the last two years. And so much for the best interest of the child. Switching back again! If he had been she, this never would have happened.

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woostermanSep. 24, 13 9:16 AM

@eman2001: I think you might not be familiar with the background of this case. The only basis upon which Dusten Brown based his challenge of the adoption was the ICWA. Without it, he would have had no basis to challenge the adoption. The Supreme Court ruled that ICWA did not apply in his case, since he was never a custodial parent prior to the adoption. As a result, a best interest of the child hearing was not necessary, or required, because legally Dusten is a stranger to the girl.

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