A hearing before an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee involving an adoption fight over a 3-year-old Cherokee girl has ended.
Dusten Brown of the Cherokee Nation says the Indian Child Welfare Act dictates his daughter should remain with him, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said the act doesn't apply in this case.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., have tried to adopt the girl since she was born. Veronica's mother agreed to the adoption but Brown has since intervened.
Parties gathered Tuesday at the Supreme Court with state troopers standing by. Justices have granted an emergency stay to keep Veronica with Brown.
Afterward, Brown and the Capobiancos left without comment. The referee is expected to recommend which court should take the case: South Carolina's, Oklahoma's or the Cherokee Nation's.