Biological Dad Gives Up on 'Baby Veronica'
He says she shouldn't be in the center of a court fight
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
Dusten Brown is seen with his daughter, Veronica, in this July 21, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Shannon Jones, File)

(Newser) – After nearly four years of legal battles that went all the way to the Supreme Court—and then kept going—the "Baby Veronica" saga came to an end today, as the girl's biological father announced that he was ending all litigation in the case. "I cannot bear to continue it any longer," Dusten Brown said at a press conference in Oklahoma, according to Tulsa World. "I love her too much to continue to have her in the spotlight." Brown returned the girl to the Capobiancos family of South Carolina 17 days ago.

The Capobiancos raised Veronica from birth to age 2. Brown, a Cherokee, had fought to reclaim her under the Indian Child Welfare Act, but the Supreme Court ruled against him. Brown refused to return Veronica anyway, and now faces felony charges for that refusal. A Cherokee nation lawyer today urged the Capobiancos to use their influence to get those charges dropped—and to drop lawsuits of their own. "We're asking you to listen to your heart and do the right thing," the lawyer said.

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Oct 11, 2013 6:28 AM CDT
This is what millions of fathers have to go through in US and in few cases when they do win custody mothers never made to pay child support or thrown in jail for not paying it. Equality my ass. Family court system is broken.
Oct 11, 2013 1:49 AM CDT
No matter what happened here, the outcome was going to be tragic. I hope Baby Veronica has a good decent life, but I really don't think there is one person to blame for this mess. Too many people wanted her and someone was going to have to live without her. I feel terrible for her father.
Oct 10, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
So sad, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to this father. Before I would let someone take my God-givened child, I would tangle with a bear wearing gasoline drawers.... But, just wait until she becomes of age. She'll find her Daddy, then somebody is gonna have to explain to her why she was auctioned (mother) off to the highest bidder (adoptive parents).