Quantcast

Veronica case could be finalized Wednesday - abc27 WHTM

Veronica case could be finalized Wednesday

Posted: Updated:
The Capobiancos arrive to court on Wednesday (Stacy Jacobson/WCIV) The Capobiancos arrive to court on Wednesday (Stacy Jacobson/WCIV)

By Stacy Jacobson
sjacobson@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Veronica spends her days now going to the lake with her family. Her father's attorney said she loves olives, her pets, including her duck, dog and guinea pigs and recently took a summer trip with her biological father Dusten Brown and his wife.

But her days in Oklahoma may be numbered.

"The Supreme Court has already ruled the adoption is in the best interest of the child. So the adoption is over. The only issue now is when the child comes back to Charleston," attorney Guy Vitetta said.

Vitetta is an attorney who's tried hundreds of cases in Charleston County family court. He has not worked with Brown or the Capobiancos, but he said Wednesday's hearing will probably focus on Veronica's transition plan.

"It's the only issue before him and he is going to make a determination based on what he feels in the best interest of the child," he said.

The Capobiancos submitted a proposed transition plan to the S.C. Supreme Court in early July. The plan was written by a counselor, who said she had worked with Indian tribes before. She suggested a one-week transition in Oklahoma.

To prepare, the therapist suggested Brown prepare a farewell celebration with his community, write Veronica a letter that celebrates their time together, pack some of her favorite toys and blankets, show Veronica photos of her adoptive family and Skype with Veronica before the transition.

Once in Oklahoma, Veronica's transition would last one week. She would start off meeting with the Capobiancos at Browns home. Several days into the week, she would switch to sleeping at the Capobiancos' residence.

After a week, she would return with them to James Island.

For two months, she would not be able to have physical contact with Brown. She could visit Brown's home again after six months, according to the proposed plan.

Brown's attorney Shannon Jones called the plan "sickening." She said she would ask for a reconsideration if the court finalized the adoption onWednesday. She said Brown would do whatever necessary to protect his daughter. But ultimately, they would honor any court ruling.

A Capobianco family representative released a statement Monday.

"It is of course distressing to all of us, including Veronica's birth mother, that throughout this period, and even to this day, the Brown family has repeatedly refused simple requests for any type of visitation," Jessica Munday said. "And of course that has prevented anyone involved in developing the transition plan from actually meeting Veronica."

Jones would not say whether Brown's team had a transition plan. She also said she would ask for a reconsideration if the adoption were finalized Wednesday.

"Dusten would do whatever necessary to protect his daughter's interests," Jones said.

You can read the full transition plan proposal here.


  • Stacy Jacobson

    Email Stacy
    Reporter Profile




Most Popular

Stories
Videos
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Driver injured in single-vehicle crash in Upper Allen Township

    Driver injured in single-vehicle crash in Upper Allen Township

    Sunday, August 31 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:48:47 GMT
    Upper Allen Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left a woman hospitalized early Sunday morning.It happened at around 2:00 a.m. on the 1000 block of Gettysburg Pike.Officials say 22-year-old Breanna L Normand was traveling south on Gettysburg Pike when she drove off the road and hit a utility pole head-on.Normand was transported to the hospital for treatment.No word on the cause of the accident.More >>
    Upper Allen Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left a woman hospitalized early Sunday morning.It happened at around 2:00 a.m. on the 1000 block of Gettysburg Pike.Officials say 22-year-old Breanna L Normand was traveling south on Gettysburg Pike when she drove off the road and hit a utility pole head-on.Normand was transported to the hospital for treatment.No word on the cause of the accident.More >>
  • UPDATE: Middletown Police arrest suspect in attempted abduction

    UPDATE: Middletown Police arrest suspect in attempted abduction

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:15:36 GMT
    Police in Middletown, Dauphin County are investigating an attempted abduction.According to officials, a man in his 30s tried to force a female victim into his van in the parking lot of Giant Foods on Saturday afternoon around 12:35 p.m.The suspect drove a blue mini-van, perhaps a Chevrolet or a Pontiac.Anyone with information should contact the Middletown Police Department.More >>
    Police in Middletown, Dauphin County are investigating an attempted abduction.According to officials, a man in his 30s tried to force a female victim into his van in the parking lot of Giant Foods on Saturday afternoon around 12:35 p.m.The suspect drove a blue mini-van, perhaps a Chevrolet or a Pontiac.Anyone with information should contact the Middletown Police Department.More >>
  • Endless Shrimp® Returns to Red Lobster®

    Endless Shrimp® Returns to Red Lobster®

    Starting Monday, September 1st, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, the number one guest-requested promotion, is back for a limited time. This year, guests can satisfy their shrimp cravings through one of the most...More >>
    Starting Monday, September 1st, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, the number one guest-requested promotion, is back for a limited time. This year, guests can satisfy their shrimp cravings through one of the most...More >>
Powered by WorldNow