Regarding “Baby Veronica's two families” (Tulsa World, Aug. 9): When Matt and Melanie Capobianco relinquished custody to Dusten Brown, they did the right thing both legally and morally. They also asked if they could visit Veronica. Brown agreed and said, “Anytime.” What followed was 569 days where the Browns, by their behavior, ignored the Capobiancos and their numerous calls and letters; they refused to honor that commitment and prohibited any contact by the Capobiancos with Veronica.
Now that the Browns are required to relinquish custody they refuse to do so. Had they taken the high road and kept their commitment, they probably wouldn't be where they are today. Even more deplorable is their response, which is much like someone who's just lost it all in a high-stakes poker game and says to the winner, “Let's make a deal. I'll keep the pot and share 10 percent with you.” When told no, they then call down the Cherokee Nation on the heads of the Capobiancos to try to force what they want. The Cherokees have become their hired guns. Despicable. Dusten Brown is a liar who doesn't keep commitments and his wife has supported that. Both are without honor.
This is tragic for Veronica. If she goes to the Capobiancos she likely won't be able to have further contact with the Browns because of their perfidious behavior. Were I the Capobiancos I would want them to have continued contact with the Browns — but only after they post a $1 million bond.
David Browne, Oklahoma City
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