Brown: Time to let Veronica live a normal childhood

Published: Oct. 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM EDT
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Dusten Brown with Veronica.
Dusten Brown with Veronica.

TULSA, Okla. - The Cherokee Nation, along with the biological father of a young Cherokee girl, spoke at a press conference Thursday to express their desire for all pending litigation to end.
Dusten Brown and Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo expressed grief and hope weeks after the custody battle for 4-year-old Veronica came to an end.
Brown last month handed Veronica over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay keeping the girl in Oklahoma.

Nimmo told reporters Thursday the Cherokee Nation and Brown will drop all pending litigation against the Capobiancos. She also asked for the Capobiancos to do the same so Brown would be able to visit his daughter.

She went on to say Cherokee Nation will do everything they can to support Veronica, and to answer any questions she has when she grows up.

"To Veronica," said an emotional Nimmo. "One thing I hope you never question is how much your father loves you."

An emotional Brown described how his home feels empty without Veronica there to great him when he comes home, but said it was time to end the custody battle.

"The time has come for me to let Veronica live a normal childhood," her biological father said. "Her whole life has been lived in front of the media. I cannot bear for it to continue any longer"

He also said he knows the Capobiancos love Veronica, and will give her a good home.

Brown began to sob as looked towards cameras to speak out to his daughter.

"Never ever for one second doubt how much I love you," Brown said through tears. "How hard I fought for you or how much you mean to me."

"You will always be my little girl and my princess, and I will always love you until the day I die. I love you and hope to see you soon," Brown sobbed.

Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, argued that federal law favors his keeping custody of the child, but the U.S. Supreme Court said this summer that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.

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