State Supreme Court takes up Veronica’s adoption case

Matt and Melanie Capobianco watch their 2-year-old adoptive daughter, Veronica, play at their James Island home Dec. 31. The couple plan to appeal a ruling that granted custody of the girl to her biological father in Oklahoma.

Grace Beahm

The S.C. Supreme Court has accepted the case of a James Island couple appealing a court order that transferred their 2-year-old daughter to her biological father.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco were the only parents Veronica knew until Dec. 31. The girl's biological father, 30-year-old Dusten Brown, filed for paternity and custody four months after Veronica's birth and, as an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, argued his case under the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which aims to preserve Native American families.

He won the lawsuit in November, and an appellate court judge on Dec. 30 also sided with him and ordered the Capobiancos to turn over the child. Brown and his parents left Charleston in a blue pickup truck on New Year's Eve and headed back to Oklahoma with Veronica in a child seat.


Read more in Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.