SC Supreme Court won't rehear adoption case

Veronica will stay with her biological father.
Veronica will stay with her biological father.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court will not reconsider its decision sending a Native American girl back to Oklahoma.

The child's adoptive parents who live on James Island asked the court earlier this month to rehear the case. Court officials said Wednesday the request was denied on Aug. 22.

The court voted 3-2 last month to return the 2-year-old girl to her biological father in Oklahoma. It was the court's first decision weighing state adoption law against the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

The court wrote while the adoptive family likely bonded, federal law gives custodial preference to the girl's father, a member of the Cherokee tribe.

A state family court judge awarded custody of the child to the biological father last year and the adoptive parents appealed to the court.

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