ADVERTISEMENT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) For the first two years of her life, Veronica lived in South Carolina with her two adoptive parents. For the next two, she was in the custody of her Native American father in Oklahoma.

Now, at 4, the young Cherokee girl is heading to a permanent home.

Late Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declined to uphold a stay keeping Veronica with her father, Dusten Brown, and ordered that custody be turned over to the adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, of Charleston.

The Capobiancos said while they were "overjoyed" to bring Veronica home, they also sympathized with Brown and the Cherokee Nation's disappointment.

The couple said they are now focusing on "healing and getting our life back to normal."