Oklahoma Father Wanted in South Carolina Custody Battle Out on Bond
The biological father of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl is out on bond after turning himself into the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office early Monday (Aug. 12).
Dusten Brown is charged with custodial interference in a custody battle that’s gone all the way up the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sheriff Ron Lockhart says Brown appeared before a judge but refused extradition without a governor’s warrant.
Sheriff Lockhart said when a governor’s warrant is obtained; he will re-arrest Brown and begin extradition.
The warrant was issued after Brown failed to bring the toddler to a court ordered meeting with baby Veronica’s adoptive parents in South Carolina.
The adoptive couple raised Veronica for two years after she was born in 2009 when her mother gave her up for adoption.
Brown later gained custody after that because of law that protects the rights of Native American children.
But earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was up to courts in South Carolina to decide who gets custody. A judge ruled in favor of Veronica’s adoptive parents.