CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The United States Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on April 16 in the case of baby Veronica, who was taken from her adoptive home on James Island in late Dec. 2011 and returned to her biological father, under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.
Judges agreed last month that they would hear the case, according to the Supreme Court of the United States Blog.
The news comes some several months after the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to take Veronica from her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, and turn her back over to her biological father, Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Blog Reporter Lyle Denniston said the Supreme Court would be looking closely at "the definition of 'parent' under the federal law, including whether that includes an unwed father who only belatedly claimed parental rights."
The Capobianco's had raised Veronica from birth, and their custody battle with Brown began just a few months later.
Brown took custody of then-2-year-old Veronica on New Year's Eve in 2011 and drove her back to his home in Oklahoma.