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US Supreme Court to hear Baby Veronica case in April

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WASHINGTON (WCIV) – The United States Supreme Court is slated to hear the Baby Veronica case in April, according to the court's calendar.

In October, the guardian ad litem for 3-year-old Baby Veronica caught in the middle of a custody battle filed a brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the toddler's adoptive parents, asking the high court to hear the case.

The brief states the child's guardian, "exhaustively considered the child's best interests and concluded that they clearly would be served by allowing her adoptive parents to retain custody."

Matt and Melanie Capobianco, of Charleston, began the process of adopting Veronica at birth in September 2009. After caring for her for more than two years, they lost custody to the toddler's biological father in December 2011.

On Oct. 1, 2012, they filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of regaining custody of their child.

Just days after Christmas, the couple was ordered by a South Carolina court to hand over Veronica to her biological father, whom the child had never met.

Dusten Brown, the child's birth father, gained custody based on the lower court's interpretation of a federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act.

He is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

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