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Solicitor's office working with agencies to bring Veronica home

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Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says her office is working together with the sheriff's office and the court to bring a Cherokee girl, named Veronica, in Oklahoma to her adoptive parents on James Island after a judge ordered Veronica to be immediately turned over to the couple. 

"In my duties as the Court's representative, I have consulted with the Court, the Sheriff and also with the Attorneys representing the lawful parents of Baby V," Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said in a statement released on Friday." We all have worked closely together since Monday to bring about the safe return of Baby V home to her parents. That is still our goal and we are working day and night to achieve it."

"We're working closely with the Solicitor's Office. We met a couple of days ago. We have all been working diligently ever since on the case," Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said in a statement on Friday." We're doing everything we can to address the situation, and we're proceeding as expeditiously as possible. We ... have explored every option. But I'm not going to get into any of the specifics."

The court says Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, failed to show up for a scheduled gathering on Aug. 4. The judge on Monday then ordered Veronica be immediately turned over to the couple.

"While there is more than one path for me to take in pursuing the safe return of Baby V to her family, I have refrained from some options at the request of Baby V's parents and the Court," Wilson said."I have filed motions and received orders from the Court to help bring Baby V home."

The Capobiancos raised Veronica for two years before the SC Supreme Court ordered them to turn her over to Brown in January of 2011, citing the Indian Child Welfare Act. Last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the law does not apply to this case. The SC Supreme Court then reconvened and ruled Veronica would be returned to the Capobiancos.

The Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office released the following statement on Friday:

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson today issued the following statement regarding notice by the Family Court to represent the court to assist in the return of Baby Veronica to her lawful parents.

I have received numerous telephone calls and emails regarding my involvement with returning the custody of a child known publicly as "Baby Veronica" from Oklahoma to her parents in Charleston. There are many legal reasons, starting with the UCCJEA (the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act) and including the laws of the States of Oklahoma and South Carolina that law enforcement cannot "swoop down" into Oklahoma and immediately whisk Baby V home to her parents. Our states have agreed upon legal procedures to enforce custody matters and it is my responsibility to follow them.

In the late afternoon of Monday, August 5, I received notice that the Family Court had sought my counsel in this matter. Pursuant to the Court's Order, I am required to act on behalf of the Court and I am specifically precluded from acting on behalf of any party. Under the Act, I am allowed to pursue any lawful action including criminal avenues and civil proceedings I deem necessary to locate and return the child in pursuit of the Court's order.

It is a very unusual and rare circumstance for a Solicitor to represent a court in a legal matter. In my duties as the Court's representative, I have consulted with the Court, the Sheriff and also with the Attorneys representing the lawful parents of Baby V. We all have worked closely together since Monday to bring about the safe return of Baby V home to her parents. That is still our goal and we are working day and night to achieve it.

While there is more than one path for me to take in pursuing the safe return of Baby V to her family, I have refrained from some options at the request of Baby V's parents and the Court. I have filed motions and received orders from the Court to help bring Baby V home. These items remain under seal, and at this point, and I am not at liberty to discuss them. Similarly, I have consulted with and advised law enforcement regarding the criminal aspects of this case. Under the Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor Rule (Rule 3.8) I am not at liberty to discuss the law enforcement angles we are pursuing.

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