CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed an extradition order Monday for Dusten Brown, the biological father of a Cherokee child at the center of a custody fight with a South Carolina couple.
The order asks for the extradition of Brown to South Carolina to face felony custodial interference charges.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's office acknowledged receipt of the request and released a statement late Tuesday afternoon. In it, the governor stated she would sign the extradition letter, but only after Brown's Sept. 12 hearing to contest the legality of his arrest warrant:
“As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling.
“As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina. Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary.
“To be clear, the legal system cannot deliver a happy ending in this case. Only Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family can do that. For Veronica’s sake, I urge them to reconcile and to come to an agreement that best serves their child and grants all parties some measure of peace.”
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Fallin will have 90 days to decide what action to take.
Brown was arrested in Oklahoma Monday and quickly bonded out. The Nowata man is believed to be with Veronica at an undisclosed location.
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Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica's adoptive parents, say they are losing patience with the judicial system and want their daughter back now.
The couple made a statement from their home Monday, pleading for the U.S. Attorney's Office to get involved in taking the child away from Brown and bringing her back to their home.
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Matt Capobianco made a vow to get on a plane to Oklahoma and take his daughter on his own.
Nowata County Sheriff Jim Hallett said if Capobianco takes Veronica he could face kidnapping charges because adoption orders from other states do not apply in Oklahoma.
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"We have been all about working together, doing what's right for Veronica. But our extended hand of love has been slapped away and the judicial system has been spat on by those who are holding our daughter," said Matt Capobianco.
The Capobiancos will have to file paperwork at the Nowata County Courthouse and wait for a judge's approval before he can they can retrieve Veronica on their own.
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