TULSA - The father at the center of a battle for custody involving multiple jurisdictions and the rights of birth parents versus adoptive parents has run into legal difficulty before concerning another daughter.
Dusten Brown has fought to regain legal custody of his daughter Veronica, known as "Baby Veronica," from her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.
KRMG has learned Brown fell behind on child support payments after divorcing his first wife, Rachael Reichert-Brown.
A court in Washington County, Oklahoma ordered him to catch up on payments, which it appears he did.
He was $6,950.67 behind at the time, according to court records.
As for his current legal difficulties, Brown has ignored orders from a South Carolina court to return his daughter to the custody of the Capobiancos, and the battle has moved to two courts in Oklahoma.
Judges in both the Cherokee County District Court and the Cherokee Nation Tribal Court have issued gag orders in their respective cases involving the dispute.
However, KRMG did obtain court records indicating a mediation agreement, indicating that both sides had agreed to sit down with a third party in an attempt to settle the dispute.