The Baby Veronica legal case now goes to the U.S. Supreme
After birth to a half Hispanic and half Caucasian mother,
Veronica was given up. The father, Dusten Brown, signed papers
giving up his rights to her, and Matt and Melanie Capobianco
adopted her. Two and a half years later, the father retained
custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.
But family friend Jessica Munday tells OneNewsNow the father is
only a fraction Indian -- and the baby even less.
"From what we know she is about one percent Cherokee Indian, and
certainly her DNA represents mostly Caucasian and Mexican
heritage," she says. "And one of our biggest arguments all along
has been how in this country can we allow one heritage to trump
Veronica was given back to the biological father on New Year's
Eve 2011. The parents took the case to the court system, with the
South Carolina Supreme Court ruling in July in favor of the Indian
Child Welfare Act in spite of the father's minimal Indian
"They're obviously devastated," Munday declares. "It seems like
every step they take we hope for a miracle of some sort, and it
just seems like they keep getting knocked down, and they ultimately
have had no rights throughout this entire ordeal."
Prominent Washington, DC, attorney Lisa Blatt will now join the
legal team to represent Veronica, 3, and her adoptive parents in
taking the case before the nation's high court.
9-24-2012 - Corrected statement re: when father regained