Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA Two Charleston County sheriff deputies and a South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division agent left South Carolina this morning, Thursday, August 29, bound for Oklahoma.
The exact reason for their trip is somewhat unclear at this time. However, their purpose is tied to the ongoing heated custody battle involving Veronica Brown, a Cherokee citizen, who turns four years old on September 15.
“It was decided to send the two deputies and the SLED Agent (SC State Law Enforcement Division) to Oklahoma in light of hearings that are coming up in the near future,”
responded Charleston County Sheriff Al Canon to an inquiry by the Native News Network Thursday afternoon.
There is a hearing scheduled in the Cherokee Nation tribal court on Wednesday, September 4 relating to the case.
It has not been disclosed why the three law enforcement officers left today.
However, there is an arrest warrant out in South Carolina for Dusten Brown, the Cherokee citizen who is the biological father of Veronica. He is wanted in South Carolina for a custodial interference charge. Brown turned himself into turned himself into law enforcement authorities today, Monday, August 12 at the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
He was then arraigned before Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton. At that hearing, 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. Brown is to appear in court on September 12 for a hearing.
Sheriff Cannon told The Post and Courier this morning that the team was sent to Oklahoma "as a precautionary measure in case their assistance was needed in connection with the upcoming court proceedings in the case."
There has been a gag order in effect relating the ongoing custody battle. Those directly involved with the case are forbidden to discuss the case with in the media. Therefore it is difficult to determine what Wednesday's court hearing deals with specifically as it relates to the case. Because of the gag order, there was no official statement released by the Cherokee Nation when contacted today by the Native News Network.
posted August 29, 2013 4:40 pm edt