Dusten Brown told an Oklahoma newspaper today that he would obey a final order to relinquish custody of his 3-year-old daughter Veronica, but he wants a chance in courts there to stop that.
“I’m never going to give up if I have any chance left at all,” Brown told the Tulsa World as he served a 30-day National Guard training mission in Iowa. “I love her too much to give up.”
A Charleston judge is insisting that Brown hand over the girl to James Island residents Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who were recently declared her adoptive parents.
But Brown told the Tulsa World that he would challenge the South Carolina courts’ jurisdiction over the adoption of his daughter, who lives with him in Oklahoma. That will include asking a Cherokee Nation court to take control because he and Veronica are members, he said.
But the litigation in South Carolina may not be over either.
Chrissi Nimmo, an assistant attorney general for the Cherokee Nation, told The Post and Courier today that Charleston County Family Court will hold a hearing at 3 p.m. Wednesday to hear motions from Brown and the tribe.
Adoption proceedings are sealed under state law, and Nimmo said she could not discuss further details.
The law also allows someone on the losing end of an adoption order to ask for a rehearing. It’s not known whether that will be the subject of the proceeding next week.