September 24th, 2013
11:38 PM ET

A new chapter for "Veronica"

She was known as "Baby Veronica", the young child at the center of a fierce custody battle. Today she is back with the couple who adopted her as a newborn, Matt and Melanie Capobianco. Nearly two years ago, "Veronica" was returned to her biological father who invoked a law meant to keep Native American children with their Native American families. Anderson spoke with Jessica Munday, who is a close friend of the Capobiancos and discussed the healing process.

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  1. Nancy Rodgers

    Please get both sides of the story, what happened is a disgrace! Adoption is about finding a home for a child that has none, not breaking up a family to "build " another. Veronica will live with the loss of growing up with her father, sister and grandparents long after the news crews are gone. Our justice system has failed this child and her father.

    September 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  2. Linda Kats

    Anderson, It's interesting that the adoptive couple are vindicated by taking a man's child that he has fought so long and hard to protect and take care of. I understand you don't have all the story because Munday is the owner of the PR firm hired by Capobiancos and purports to be a "friend." I would ask you to please give Veronica's best interest a voice by hearing the other side of the story. There are many people who have substantiated information to help you gather what you need. Sincerely, Linda J. Kats, Ed.D.

    September 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  3. Diana Mitchell

    I find it very disturbing what the Capobiancos–and anyone advising them–are doing to this man, Dusten Brown, and his child. They have taken the most precious of relationships from him, and now they want to sue him? The article on Indian Country Today Media Network makes my blood boil. It's as if these people are trying to kill Dusten Brown so that poor little Veronica Brown has no one to return to. I cannot believe anyone with a molecule of decency would be OK with what they are doing, or with what they have done, to Dusten Brown and his daughter, Veronica Brown. They have basically stolen a child in broad daylight from her biological father. When Veronica was four months old, they could have done what was right and just. What's disturbs me just as much is that no mainstream press seems to be able to report the full story, or find anything lacking in the Capobiancos...when there is obviously something wrong with anyone who would have so much hatred(?) in them as to selfishly and deliberately keep a child from her biological father without true cause–a father who obviously loves her and is fit to care for her. Maybe it's not just them, but whoever is advising them. Either way, the Capobianco’s actions seem evil to me.

    September 26, 2013 at 2:51 am |
  4. katie jones

    This whole situation is awful. I think little Veronica deserves to be with her real daddy. I can't even imagine what she is going through right now. The Capobiancos seem very strange/weird. If they truly care for Veronica than they should leave her with her real.family. I pray that she returns to Oklahoma to reunited with her dad. And CNN should investigate this further!

    September 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  5. Shannon Coy

    If part of their (evidently not Veronica's) healing process is suing the birth father for a half a million dollars, then their moral code is way off and I fear for how this child will be raised. Dusten Brown fought for his child legally and with the best intentions for his child. He felt tricked, manipulated and betrayed by his ex-girlfriend in her shady effort to get him to sign over his parental rights. He fought for his daughter from the very beginning.....even as he fought for his country overseas. He risked imprisonment. He fought for his daughter through the legal system with more class and grace than anyone in his position could have ever imagined. The Capobiancos came down heavy handed....not for the best interest for Veronica, but because they were determined not to lose. Now that they have her in their custody, they are determined to destroy Mr. Brown and to prevent any of the Indian Nations to challenge these questionable adoptions. For someone with all their education, money and influence...they are so short sighted. Do they really think that Veronica will never hear what they did during these proceedings? I fear that this poor baby will never be able to heal.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  6. Martha Fields

    I am disappointed in last evening's coverage of this case. The very one-sided nature not including any of "Veronica's" family or representatives further perpetuates the injustice in this case. This child has a loving father and family that want her....There are sufficient numbers of orphans that need families. I am incensed that there are people that wish to adopt children at all costs. It nearly resembles child trafficking. The relationship between the adoption agency and lawyers needs to be investigated. Oklahoma's native children are not for sale. C'mon Anderson...let's hear the whole story.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  7. Missy

    Best of luck to the C's in implementing Stockholm syndrome on this poor child. It is so sad that our justice system failed this little girl so profoundly.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
  8. Emily Daszkiewicz

    Anderson, I wish you would investigate this story from BOTH sides. You are 1 of the best reporters I watch & to think you are ONLY going on 1 side of this story is not right. To have this child 'taken' from her biological family, to have the people who 'adopted' her blast her all over the media & treat her like she is a 'possession' disgusts not only me but THOUSANDS of others. To top it off it seems the ONLY side of this story coming out is theirs - ever wonder why???
    Anderson Cooper - if you want more information email me & I will guide you to people who were involved in the 'other side of the story' - I challenge you to step up & be the reporter you are - GET BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY - ALL INFORMATION

    September 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Rose Dempsey

      Exactly Emily – it's all in the court records – and in the state adoption laws are things that somehow didn't get done in this case despite being "the law". No wonder the C's think they are entitled, those laws don't apply to THEM

      September 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
  9. Marisa Wynnguard

    Baby snatchers, baby buyers. You won but someday baby Veronica will ask why they ripped her away from her father. How are you going to answer that Matt and Melanie?

    September 25, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  10. mary long

    Why the one-sided coverage? It is a scandal that this child was taken away from her father. Adoption of indigenous children has been halted in other parts of the world and the whole adoption industry merits serious investigation. this is a clear violation of human rights. Babies should not be for sale to the highest bidder and moved over state lines to skirt the law and disenfranchise parents.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
    • Rose Dempsey

      Well said Mary!

      September 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm |

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