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Both sides of Baby Veronica case gear up for Supreme Court

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Veronica; her father, Dusten and his wife, Robin (Courtesy: Cherokee Nation) Veronica; her father, Dusten and his wife, Robin (Courtesy: Cherokee Nation)
Matt and Melanie Capobianco (File/WCIV) Matt and Melanie Capobianco (File/WCIV)
Veronica and her father, Dusten (Courtesy: Cherokee Nation) Veronica and her father, Dusten (Courtesy: Cherokee Nation)

By Stefanie Bainum
sbainum@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It's been more than two years of agony and heartbreak for one Lowcountry couple. The Capobianco family of James Island lost their adopted daughter Veronica to her biological, Cherokee Nation, father back in 2011. That's when the State Supreme Court sided with the federal law granting custody to the father under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

The Capobiancos appealed that decision and this week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the longstanding federal law on the adoption of Native American children.

A U.S. Supreme Court blog says the justices will discuss the definition of the word "parent" under federal law. Reports say that a decision by the Supreme Court on the Baby Veronica case will most likely be made in June.

Veronica's adopted parents issued a statement in advance of the Supreme Court's oral arguments on Tuesday, saying:

"It has been an extremely difficult year, and we miss Veronica terribly. We are grateful that our case will be heard by our nation's highest court and hope the outcome will allow Veronica to have a life surrounded by everyone who loves and cares for her."

The Cherokee Nation issued a release outlining various events throughout the week in Washington, D.C. to support their side of the case. One event includes a prayer gathering on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Stay with ABC News 4 as we continue to develop this story.


  • Stefanie Bainum

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