CHARLESTON, S.C., January 4, 2013 — The United States Supreme Court announced today it will accept the Baby Veronica case.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco are the adoptive parents of Veronica, now a three year old girl. They are caught in the middle of a custody battle and hope to regain custody of their daughter. Since 2010 they have been in a legal battle with the child’s biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation.
“It has been an extremely difficult year but we now have a renewed sense of faith in our legal system,” says Melanie Capbianco in a statement released this afternoon. “We remain hopeful that our daughter will finally be able to come home and to have a life where she can be surrounded by everyone that loves her. There is no way we could have gotten this far without the support from our family, friends and our supporters. We are beyond grateful and appreciate the continued prayers.”
The couple was ordered by a South Carolina court to hand over the toddler on New Years Eve of 2011 to her biological father, Dusten Brown, whom the child had never met, based on the court’s interpretation of a federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
The Capobiancos are represented by Lisa Blatt of Washington, D.C. and Mark Fiddler of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Blatt heads Arnold & Porter LLP’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. She has argued 30 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Fiddler, the founder of the Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center, has more than 25 years of experience with cases involving Native American children. He first became involved in the case when the Capbiancos appealed their case to the South Carolina Supreme Court in April.
No date has yet been assigned for arugments in the case.
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