Veronica's Oklahoma family on edge as South Carolina authorities consider custody action
The Oklahoma family of 3-year-old Veronica is on edge as a South Carolina prosecutor said this morning that actions were being taken to bring the girl back to the Lowcountry.
Veronica is being cared for by Tommy and Alice Brown, her paternal grandparents, and Robin Brown, the wife of her biological father, in Nowata County.
Dusten Brown is out of state for a monthlong military training mission and isn't expected back until later this month.
In an interview with the Tulsa World newspaper, the grandparents expressed fear that someone, including vigilantes, will come at any moment and take Veronica.
The girl's adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island was finalized last week in a Charleston courtroom, and officials have taken steps to enforce the order here.
Scarlett Wilson, who leads the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office, told The Post and Courier this morning that efforts were afoot to bring about the change in custody. She declined to discuss specifics of the plan.
“We are moving forward pursuant to the court's order and moving towards the goal of bringing Veronica home,” Wilson told The Post and Courier.
For Oklahoma authorities to step in, the adoption order would have to go through a confirmation process in the judicial system there.
“I'm keeping a pretty close eye on things,” Tommy Brown told the Tulsa World. “I'm always wondering, Is this it? Are they coming for her?”
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