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Baby Veronica: Drop charge against adopted girl's dad, says Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

Published: September 25, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for Mary Fallin says the Oklahoma governor is trying to persuade South Carolina to drop an extradition order against a Cherokee father who disputed his daughter's adoption.

Dusten Brown, of Nowata, Okla., was charged with custodial interference in South Carolina in August after he failed to show up to a family court meeting there with his 4-year-old daughter Veronica. He's due in court in Oklahoma next week to face extradition to South Carolina.

Brown had been in a dispute with Veronica's adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, for years. But on Monday, Brown handed Veronica over to them.

Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Fallin, says the governor hopes that Brown will not have to go to South Carolina and that the charge will be dropped.