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Bio-dad in 'baby Veronica' case surrenders in Sequoyah County
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Bio-dad in 'baby Veronica' case surrenders in Sequoyah County

Bio-dad in 'baby Veronica' case surrenders in Sequoyah County
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Veronica, Dusten Brown, and the Capobiancos

Bio-dad in 'baby Veronica' case surrenders in Sequoyah County

The father at the center of a bitter custody battle turned himself in to authorities in Sequoyah County Thursday and was released.

KRMG spoke with Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart who confirmed that Brown was booked and released.

He initially objected to releasing Brown, citing the Governor's extradition order issued Wednesday.

But Lockhart says he conferred with the Governor's office "and they reversed their decision as far as letting the courts decide what happens to him."

He adds Brown was "released on his own bond, or the original bond, for an October third hearing."

Brown had also surrendered in Sequoyah County after returning to Oklahoma from his National Guard deployment in August and posted a $10,000 fugitive bond at that time.

KRMG asked Sheriff Lockhart why Brown had surrendered in Sequoyah County.

He replied: "I have no idea."

Brown faces charges of custodial interference in South Carolina, home of the adoptive parents of Veronica, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

After signing the extradition order, Wednesday, Governor Fallin issued this statement:

"My goal in the Baby Veronica case has been to encourage both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family to reach a quick settlement and come to an agreement that protects Veronica’s best interests,” Fallin said. “I said previously that I was willing to delay Mr. Brown’s extradition to South Carolina as long as all parties were working together in good faith to pursue such a settlement. I also outlined parameters for what I believe to be acting in ‘good faith:’ both Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family should be able to see Veronica; both parties should continue meeting to pursue a resolution outside of court; and both parties must obey the courts and the rule of law. Unfortunately, it has become clear that Dusten Brown is not acting in good faith. He has disobeyed an Oklahoma court order to allow the Capobianco’s to visit their adopted daughter and continues to deny visitation. He is acting in open violation of both Oklahoma and South Carolina courts, which have granted custody of Veronica to the Capobianco’s. Finally, he has cut off negotiations with the Capobianco’s and shown no interest in pursuing any other course than yet another lengthy legal battle. As governor, I am committed to upholding the rule of law. As a mother, I believe it is in the best interests of Veronica to help end this controversy and find her a permanent home. For both of these reasons, I have signed the extradition order to send Mr. Brown to South Carolina."

The order will apparently be disputed in court.

Lockhart says Brown has a court appearance scheduled for October 3.

He still has custody of Veronica.

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