Man Faces Charges for Resisting Supreme Court Custody Ruling

Dustin Brown fought for custody of his daughter who was given up for adoption without his knowledge.
2:21 | 08/13/13

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custody battle, to controversial the supreme court had to step in. They're ruling that a biological father, a native american, must turn her over to adoptive parents. Reporter: Good morning, george. This morning, little veronica's biological father has been charged with custodial interference. And the couple that once raised her struggles to bring her home. They say her biological father abandoned her and is keeping her unlawf unlawfully. Two families in turmoil, fighting over a little girl named veronica. Our daughter has been kidnapped. And I expect the situation to be treated as such. Reporter: The confusing legal battle all began in 2009, when veronica's birth mother put her baby up for adoption. We were playing for a child to love and raise when christy came into our lives and selected us to be the parents of her daughter. Reporter: Matthew and melanie raised veronica for the first two years of her life. But when the child's father, dustin brown, a member of the cherokee nation, learned she had been adopted, he sued for custody. South dakota gave the custody to brown, citing a law that tries to keep native american families together. They fought back. Taking their case to the u.S. Supreme court. This summer, the justices reversed the state court, ruling that brown had relinquished his parental rights. But just days ago, after a judge finalized the adoption, brown, an iraq war vet, failed to show up at a meeting with the couple and was charged with interference. This morning, brown is out on bond, but refusing to be extradited from oklahoma to south carolina. His daughter is of critical importance to him. And he intends to assert his legal rights. This morning, veronica is with her maternal grandparents. But they're begging to get her back. They just redid her bedroom. They didn't give birth to this little girl, but they raised her from the beginning, she is their daughter. Such a difficult case. Let's get to ginger zee with

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