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WIS Year in Review: Baby Veronica case draws to a close

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Christmas holiday may have been extra special for one South Carolina couple who was finally reunited with their adopted daughter. 

It's the end to a long and bitter battle that's continued for years.

In 2009, Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation fought to gain custody of her despite signing away his parental rights before she was born.

"I'm going to fight until I have no fight left in me and they tell me 'you can't fight no more'," Brown said.

What ensued was a four year long custody battle largely centered around the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law designed to preserve Native American families.

"The only people who can really give you your history, your ancestry, is your family," Brown said.

After a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Brown was granted custody and she was removed from the Capobianco's home where she lived for the first 27 months of her life.

She lived with her biological father in Oklahoma for almost two years.

Meantime Veronica's adoptive family, Matt and Melanie Capobianco continued their fight even taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Finally this summer, the Capobianco's were reunited with Veronica with the support of her biological mother.

"She was very happy with the decision and she was behind us the whole time," Melanie said.

But it was a devastating loss to Brown.

"You'll always be my daughter, my princess, and I will always love you until the day I die," Brown said.

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