OKLAHOMA CITY —
Earlier Monday, the Capobiancos called on federal law enforcement to help them bring the child to South Carolina, saying they’ll take the matter into their own hands if necessary.
“Send someone to the location our daughter is being held and work with us to bring her home. No more delays and no more excuses,” Matt Capobianco said during a news conference in his James Island neighborhood. “Our daughter has been kidnapped, and I expect the situation to be treated as such.”
Brown had never met his daughter and, after Veronica’s non-Indian mother rebuffed his marriage proposal, played no role during the pregnancy and paid no child support after the girl was born.
The legal proceedings began when Brown found out Veronica was going to be adopted. He objected and said the Indian Child Welfare Act favored the girl living with him and growing up learning tribal traditions.
The Capobiancos appealed the South Carolina Supreme Court’s 2011 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it ruled in June that South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica. The state court said the Capobiancos should raise the girl.
Last week, South Carolina Family Court Judge Daniel Martin finalized the couple’s adoption, approving a transition plan detailing a gradual process for reintroducing the girl to the Capobiancos.
South Carolina authorities issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest Saturday, charging Brown with custodial interference for failing to appear with the girl for a court-ordered meeting with the Capobiancos on Aug. 4 — a date the couple has said was set by the judge and to which Brown’s attorneys did not object.