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Capobiancos hold press conference in Oklahoma, expert wants meeting with Brown

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Capobiancos, the adoptive parents of  "Baby Veronica" address the media at a press conference in Tulsa, OK, Wednesday morning.. Capobiancos, the adoptive parents of "Baby Veronica" address the media at a press conference in Tulsa, OK, Wednesday morning..

In a press conference Wednesday morning in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Matt and Melanie Capobianco renewed their quest to bring their adopted daughter, Veronica back to South Carolina.

The Capobiancos were joined by nationally recognized adoption reunion facilitator, Troy Dunn. He called on Dusten Brown to meet with him, 1-on-1, saying he can come up with a resolution quickly.

Dunn said all parties need humility, restraint and compromise to build a great life for Veronica.

Melanie Capobianco told reporters, they arrived in Oklahoma yesterday and requested a visit with Veronica, but were denied.

"We were told it is not in Veronica's best interest", Capobianco said.

Matt Capobianco said, he did not have the answer, but is there with an open mind, and open ears. He ended the conference saying, "if there's a resolution now is the time.

Following the presser, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma said, "Mr. and Mrs. Capobianco deserve an opportunity to meet with their adopted daughter. They also deserve the chance to meet with Mr. Brown and put an end to this conflict. It is important for Veronica's sake that Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family resolve this matter quickly and grant closure to all parties. If Mr. Brown is unwilling to cooperate with these reasonable expectations, then I will be forced to expedite his extradition request and let the issue be settled in court."

Jessica Munday, spokesperson for the Capobianco's released a statement  on the comments by Gov. Fallin.  " We were pleasantly surprised by Governor Fallin's statement following our press conference today. We were grateful for her empathy to this situation. As of now, Matt and Melanie have not visited with Veronica. Hopefully, this will happen tomorrow.

Then Brown's attorney sent a statement saying, "We are in agreement with the Capobiancos that the best interest of Veronica is the most important consideration. The South Carolina court's determination of this issue was based upon facts as they existed almost two years ago. We are fully in favor of a present day determination of Veronica's best interest to be made by a court in the state where Veronica has lived for the past 19 months."

The Capobianco's did releases a statement Wednesday night.  "We understand our attorney has spoken by phone with Brown's attorney but we still haven't been offered the opportunity to visit our daughter and Brown has not yet taken the mediator up on his offer to sit down and talk."

Chief Baker from the tribe said,  "The Capobiancos have requested the Cherokee Nation and Dusten Brown to follow the South Carolina court's order, but they forget that Dusten Brown has the same rights to have his arguments heard before our Oklahoma courts and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court. We respectfully ask the Capobiancos to allow that due process. The Cherokee people throughout time have stood our ground and for the rights of our people, and this is no different. We will continue to stand by Dusten and his biological daughter, Veronica, and for what is right."

Meanwhile, back in Charleston there was a family court hearing which attorney for Brown, John Nichols, said was to change the adoption plan the judge ordered on August 5 to transfer Veronica "immediately" back to the Capobiancos.

According to attorneys for both parties, the judge remains in favor of his adoption order and remains in favor of Veronica moving to live with Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

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