Custody of American Indian child at center of dispute awarded to SC couple

07/18/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

South Carolina – The custody of an American Indian child at the center of a legal battle has been awarded to a South Carolina couple. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), South Carolina’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a Charleston-area couple was the only party seeking to adopt the 3-year-old girl properly.

The child’s biological father, Dusten Brown, contested the adoption and took custody of her in 2011 after she had been raised by Matt and Melanie Capobianco for 27 months.

John S. Nichols, a South Carolina-based attorney for Brown, is quoted by the AP as stating of the court’s decision, “As you can imagine, we are shocked and saddened at this development… There is no mention, or apparent consideration, in the majority decision of the child’s best interest, as the dissenters point out.”

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