September 24th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

Court Gives Cherokee Girl Back To Adoptive Family

The little Cherokee girl at the heart of a long-running custody dispute has been handed back to her adoptive parents, CNN's Zoraida Sambolin reports.

The girl, formerly known as "Baby Veronica" was handed over Monday night after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay.

She'd been adopted by Matt and Melanie Capobianco, but later taken from them and returned to her biological father, Dusten Brown.

The girl's biological mother, Christina Maldonado, stands by the decision to put Veronica up for adoption, and says the father consented in the first place.

She said, "He let me know that he wanted to sign his rights away and he had spoken to his family and they had all agreed that it would be best for him... and it broke my heart."

The girl was initially given back to her father because of the Indian Child Welfare act, which is in place to promote the stability of Indian tribes and families.


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