Okla. gov. asks SC to drop charge against Dusten Brown

Okla. gov. asks SC to drop charge against Dusten Brown

CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A spokesman for Mary Fallin says the Oklahoma governor is trying to persuade South Carolina to drop an extradition order against a Cherokee father who disputed his daughter's adoption.

Dusten Brown, of Nowata, Okla., was charged with custodial interference in South Carolina in August after he failed to show up to a family court meeting there with his 4-year-old daughter Veronica. He's due in court in Oklahoma next week to face extradition to South Carolina.

According to Browns' South Carolina attorney, Shannon Jones, the outstanding charge against her client will prevent him from coming to South Carolina to visit his daughter.

Jones says if the charges remain, Brown could be arrested when he entered the state.

Brown had been in a dispute with Veronica's adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, for years. But on Monday, Brown handed Veronica over to them.

Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Fallin, says the governor hopes that Brown will not have to go to South Carolina and that the charge will be dropped.

Meanwhile, family members of the Capobiancos say both Matt and Melanie are on a road trip, after getting Veronica back, visiting with family and friends. 

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