South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has dropped her extradition request for Dusten Brown, the biological father of Baby Veronica
Brown could still face a charge of custodial interference if he goes to South Carolina.
Brown was scheduled to appear in court in Sequoyah County tomorrow to face extradition to South Carolina.
In August, Brown was charged in South Carolina with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco.
Brown and the Capobiancos had been in a bitter custody dispute for more than four years.
Last Monday, Brown handed over the girl after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay that had kept her in Oklahoma.
In a letter from Gov. Haley to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Haley says, "My decision to withdraw the demand for extradition of Mr. Brown is due to the exceptional nature of the underlying matter and the fact that Mr. Brown ultimately complied with the orders of the South Carolina courts, as well as the Oklahoma courts, requiring him to return Baby Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco residing in South Carolina."
Gov. Fallin issued a statement about today's events. Fallin says, "My heart goes out to Dusten Brown as well as the Capobianco family. Both have suffered through a long and emotionally exhausting ordeal regarding a young girl they clearly love and wish the best for. I am thankful that Governor Haley has dropped her extradition request, understanding that Mr. Brown has complied with court orders from both South Carolina and Oklahoma courts. It is my hope this legal matter will be closed and that all parties – especially Veronica – can find peace and stability in their lives."