Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
SALLISAW, OKLAHOMA Dusten Brown, the Cherokee citizen who is the biological father of Veronica, has turned himself into law enforcement authorities today, Monday, August 12 at the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
He did so after a warrant was issued last South Carolina officials for failing to turn over Veronica immediately as he was ordered to do last Wednesday.
Three-year old Veronica Brown is "Baby Girl" in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case that made its way all the way to the US Supreme Court. On June 25, the nation's highest court remanded the case back to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Up until he went on a weekend furlough he was in Johnston, Iowa at a mandatory Oklahoma National Guard.
He was then arraigned before a district court judge.
He was then arraigned before Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton.
Brown refused to sign extradition papers to be transferred to South Carolina where the warrant was issued last Friday. The Judge Payton allowed Brown to pay a fugitive bond of $10,000, which he paid and was released, Sheriff Ron Lockhart told the Native News Network.
Brown left the courthouse with Cherokee Nation officials to a unknown location.
Brown is to appear in court on September 12 for a hearing.
There is another.
“We informed the South Carolina authorities of what happened,”
commented Sheriff Lockhart. The South Carolina authorities will attempt to have the governor intervene, according to Sheriff Lockhart.
A South Carolina family granted the adoption to the non-Native couple who brought the case to the US Supreme Court.
Brown does not feel all of his legal options to keep his biological daughter have been exercised. According to Oklahoma state law, he has until August 23 to respond to the South Carolina adoption proceedings.
Given he is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, the Tribe takes the stance they have a say in the proceedings of the case.
posted August 12, 2013 1:57 pm edt