Cherokee child handed over to adoptive parents

Cherokee child handed over to adoptive parents

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A spokeswoman for the adoptive parents of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl told The Associated Press that the toddler is "safely in her parents' arms."

After a years long dispute for young Veronica, custody was transferred on Monday night to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C.

It wasn't immediately clear if any conditions were imposed.

Dusten Brown fought for the girl but the U.S. Supreme Court rejected claims he made under the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier Monday refused to assume jurisdiction, leaving conflicting court rulings in place in South Carolina and the Cherokee Nation.

Jessica Munday, a spokeswoman for the Capobianco family, said it wasn't known when the couple will return to South Carolina but believed they had the right to do so at any time.

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