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Biological father of Veronica files for adoption in Oklahoma

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The biological father of the toddler known as Baby Veronica has filed paperwork to adopt the child in Oklahoma.

Dusten Brown and other relatives filed the documents Monday.

The case is currently in limbo while the South Carolina Supreme Court revisits it.  The  U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt the 3-year-old, after pointing out that the state ruled incorrectly when they said the federal Indian Child Welfare Act favored Veronica living with her father because he did not earn his custodial rights.

The attorney for Veronica's biological mother, Lori McGill, says the filing has no jurisdiction in South Carolina and is being used as a stalling tactic.

"It's kind of an affront to the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court," McGill said Tuesday.  "Five justices very strongly said that he could not block this adoption, and what would be the point of them having taken the case if he could just turn around and adopt her?"

The South Carolina Supreme Court can now rule to finalize the Capobianco's adoption, or remand the case back to family court. The biological mother signed over her rights exclusively to the adoptive couple.

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