Court-appointed representative for 'Baby Veronica', Capobiancos file new motions in adoption case

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - New motions were filed in the custody case for Baby Veronica in a Cherokee County courtroom Friday.

Angel Smith, acting on behalf of Veronica, requested a stay of visitation until after a court hearing on the matter, which would keep the Capobiancos from seeing Veronica.

Attorneys for the Capobiancos then filed a motion objecting to Smith's request.

Smith was granted appointment as Veronica's attorney Monday, but Friday the Capobiancos filed a motion to toss out the appointment as well as Smith's motion to appoint an attorney to take legal action for an individual who cannot make decisions on their own.

Special Judge Holli Wells also filed a motion to remove herself from the case Friday.

Court records show a mediation agreement was entered into Aug. 16 after back-to-back hearings with Matt and Melanie Capobianco and Dusten Brown, though the records are sealed.

Judge Wells has issued a gag order asking all parties to refrain from commenting about the case.

Meanwhile, the Cherokee Nation has planned a rally Monday evening in support of Dusten Brown and his family.

The public rally begins at 5:30 p.m. at the tribe's traditional grounds near the headquarters in Tahlequah.


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