The Norman Transcript

August 16, 2013

Mediation papers filed in custody court battle for Baby Veronica


Associated Press

TAHLEQUAH — Two families seeking custody of a 3-year-old girl filed a mediation agreement Friday while attending hearings in Oklahoma and tribal courts to determine the best course forward for the child.

Supporters of Dusten Brown cheered as he and his wife entered a Cherokee Nation courthouse Friday afternoon to argue his daughter Veronica shouldn’t be adopted by the South Carolina couple who raised her until she was 2.

And the couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, was jeered as they attempted to enforce a South Carolina court order that finalized their adoption.