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August 3, 2013

Father fighting over adoption

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

She said Brown is currently on a training mission with the National Guard and was out of the state. She said Veronica is being cared for by her stepmother and grandparents in Nowata in northeastern Oklahoma.

Nimmo said the child’s biological mother lives in Bartlesville, Okla., about 20 miles west of Nowata, but has not attempted to reach out to her daughter. The girl was put up for adoption after Brown signed legal papers without understanding them. He later challenged the process.

In a statement released on Thursday, Brown said a transition plan for his daughter’s transfer to the Capobiancos states his daughter will be “fearful, scared, anxious, confused” and will likely become withdrawn and may cry herself to sleep. It also says the girl will suffer grief and loss and may feel rejected by Brown and her family.

“I will not voluntarily let my child go through that, no parent would,” the statement says. “I am her father and it is my job to protect her.”

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, which includes the Cherokee Nation, issued a statement that said South Carolina courts had ignored the child’s and the Brown family’s right to due process.

“The reckless order to rush Veronica’s adoption will negatively impact native children and family preservation efforts nationwide,” the statement says. “A severe injustice has been committed to an innocent Cherokee child and her loving family in Oklahoma.”

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