NEW: Gov. Fallin won’t act in baby Veronica case | News
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin says she has spoken with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley about the case of Dusten Brown, the biological father in the middle of a custody battle with a Charleston couple.
Tuesday South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed an extradition order for Dusten Brown, baby Veronica’s biological father who is a member of the Cherokee Nation here in Oklahoma.
It orders the extradition of Brown to South Carolina to face felony custodial interference charges for failing to take 3-year-old Veronica to Charleston to be reunited with her legal adoptive parents.
Officials arrested Brown in Sequoyah County Monday; he quickly bonded out.
He also refused extradition without a governor’s warrant.
South Carolina Governor Haley sent that warrant to Governor Mary Falling who Tuesday said she wouldn’t not act on it before a September 12 Oklahoma hearing on the case.
Governor Fallin issued the following statement.
“As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling.”
“As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina. Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary.
Upcoming Events near Canadian County
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Oklahoma school district finds unique way to shelter students from storms
- SILVER ALERT CANCELED: Authorities issue Silver Alert for 89-year-old
- Chickasha man arrested after allegedly raping 64-year-old neighbor
- Chickasha landlord allegedly asks for rent at gunpoint
- Caught on camera, Chickasha woman’s wild ride
- Dozens of sheriffs express disdain for new DOC plan
- Eighth suspect arrested in Logan County murder
- 6-year-old killed after fire destroys grandparents’ home in southwest Oklahoma City
- Officials investigating if teen boy really did ride to Hawaii in plane’s landing gear
- Car slams into Oklahoma City school bus, no one seriously injured