DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The father of a Cherokee Indian girl mired in an adoption dispute has been given permission to leave an Iowa National Guard base and return to Oklahoma to attend a hearing.
Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss said Sunday that Dusten Brown asked for clearance to return Oklahoma to tend to the custody matter.
Brown is charged with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter. A South Carolina couple has been trying to adopt the girl, named Veronica.
The issue has been clouded by federal law favoring the girl living with her father.
A South Carolina judge finalized the couple’s adoption and approved a plan to reintroduce Veronica to the couple. Brown didn’t show up for an Aug. 4 gathering, prompting the charge.