COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina's highest court has ruled that an American Indian child who's at the center of a custody suit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court should be returned to the Charleston-area couple seeking to adopt her.
The state Supreme Court ruled 3-to-2 that Matt and Melanie Capobianco are the only party properly seeking to adopt the girl nicknamed “Baby Veronica” in South Carolina and ordered a Family Court to finalize the couple's adoption.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt the 3-year-old.
South Carolina courts originally said the federal Indian Child Welfare Act favored Veronica living with her biological father and Dusten Brown took custody in 2011.
Earlier this month, Brown filed to adopt the child in Oklahoma.