SC gov drops extradition for Cherokee girl's dad

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SC gov drops extradition for Cherokee girl's dad

CREATED Oct 2, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is dropping her request to extradite the biological father of a Cherokee girl who was at the center of a bitter custody dispute. He could still face a charge of custodial interference.

Dusten Brown had been scheduled to appear Thursday in an Oklahoma county court to face extradition to South Carolina. Brown was charged in August with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.

Brown last week handed over his daughter to the Capobiancos after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay that had kept Veronica in Oklahoma.

Brown of Nowata, Okla., could still face the charge if he ever goes to South Carolina.

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