Dusten Brown, biological father of 'Baby Veronica', posts $10,000 bail, released on bond
6:39 AM, Aug 12, 2013
7:59 AM, Aug 13, 2013
TULSA - The biological father of "Baby Veronica" turned himself into authorities Monday and was released on $10,000 bond.
Dan Long with the Sequoyah County Jail says Dusten Brown was released at 11:11 a.m. after posting a $10,000 fugitive bond -- less than an hour after he was booked at 10:23 a.m.
Long says Brown was picked up by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, which is based in Tahlequah. Cherokee Nation Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo said earlier Brown turned himself in to Oklahoma authorities but released no other information.
An arrest warrant was issued for Brown Friday, Aug. 9 for felony custodial interference after failing to transfer Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.
After missing a court-ordered visitation with the Capobiancos Aug. 4, a South Carolina court issued an immediate transfer order but Brown has yet to turn the girl over.
Brown was in Iowa for training with the Oklahoma National Guard but he was granted permission to return to Oklahoma for an emergency custody hearing Monday with the Cherokee Nation court. Brown was expected to attend the hearing but he was not present. It was continued to a later date.
Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton says Monday's hearing was called by Angela Smith, Veronica's court-appointed attorney.
Veronica spent the first two years of her life with the Capobiancos before a judge ordered her turned over to Brown, who claimed the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law giving tribes and relatives a say in decisions affecting children with Native American heritage, indicated Veronica should be with her biological father.