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Baby Veronica's adoptive parents speak about latest order for transfer

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Baby Veronica is the legal daughter of an adoptive couple from James Island. Yet, they don't know where she is.

News 2 had the first interview with Matt and Melanie Capobianco Wednesday afternoon.

"One of the reasons we wanted to talk today is that we kind of want to get the message out to the Browns, since they won't respond to us, that we want to work this out together as adults and do what's best for her and not go down this road that could be disastrous. We don't want her to be afraid but there's a ruling here, a law, she's now our daughter and so there's going to have to be a transfer and we're just hoping that they'll think about that and let all of the people that love her to be a part of her life," Melanie Capobianco said.

Although they're trying to fight it, the battle for Baby Veronica is getting ugly. It now involves a search for biological father, Dusten Brown, and Veronica since they did not show up for a mandatory court visit Sunday, allegedly because Brown is in a training for the Army National Guard.

 

Q: That didn't come up in court at all? He's saying he's been there, he's been there since July and will be there for a month. You heard nothing about that?

Matt Capobianco: His counsel said nothing about that. They didn't ask for extra time or say that wasn't going to work. He could've had a proxy.

Q: The Cherokee Nation says because the order specifically says Brown was to bring her, that's why nobody else brought her.

Melanie Capobianco: It didn't say specifically that he was supposed to bring her, it said he or a proxy. The order got out so anybody can read that.

The order states: "If, at any time during the transition of the child as called for in this order, any party or other person does not comply with the terms of this order and transition plan set out herein, such non-compliance shall immediately be brought to the attention of the undersigned Judge by way of affidavit."

Q: They didn't show up. A judge has ordered her rapidly back. Is that what you want?

Melanie Capobianco: Well we want her back, but we don't want it to be sudden like that, it doesn't have to be that way.

Matt Capobianco: I didn't want an attorney that tried to take her out of my arms to hand her to them, I didn't want the police to try and do it. We muscled up and did what we had to do and it was the hardest thing we ever had to do and we expect nothing less from them.

Matt is referring to the transfer of Veronica to Dusten Brown on December 31, 2011.

Q: Do you feel they're not respecting the orders to give her up?

Melanie Capobianco: Yeah I think everybody knows that they're not respecting the judge's order, absolutely not.

Q: And your wish is to go back to a transition plan where it sounded like you'd have some visitation and then some overnight visits?

Melanie Capobianco: That would be, I think, best for her. That's what an expert wrote out as the best transition plan and we've studied that and committed it to memory and we wanted to do all of those things in that transition plan.

Q: What do you expect the first visit to be like?

Melanie Capobianco: She's a very friendly child. I mean, I really don't know what to expect but... you know if we come and do the transition plan as it was created. (Matt: "Ordered.") She'd be comfortable with us.

Q: Her birthday is coming up next month, is there any hope that she would be home for her birthday?

Matt Capobianco:Oh yeah!

Melanie Capobianco: I hope so but we'll see. It's about a month away and we were hoping she would be home for her 4th birthday. We missed her third birthday but we don't want to miss anymore birthdays.

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News 2 contacted Solicitor Scarlett Wilson but she has not returned any calls on where the order stands now. However, it states any law enforcement should do anything necessary to locate Veronica.

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