Fight over Veronica enters new courtroom

Fight over Veronica enters new courtroom

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An ongoing custody dispute over a 4-year-old Cherokee girl in Oklahoma has entered another courtroom.

Dusten Brown of Oklahoma has been fighting a James Island couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, for custody of Veronica. Brown is Veronica's biological father while the Capobiancos are her adoptive parents. They have taken their fight to a Tulsa courtroom this week.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, couldn't use the Indian Child Welfare Act in his fight for custody.

A South Carolina court then finalized Veronica's adoption by the Capobiancos and two Oklahoma courts have certified the adoption order. Brown has appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

A gag order in the case prevents both sides from speaking about it and court records are sealed.

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