By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

A 3-year-old Oklahoma girl called "Baby Veronica" has been temporarily returned to the custody of her biological father, Dusten Brown, under an emergency ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  The move is the latest in a years-long dispute that involves allegations by Brown that Veronica's mother put the girl up for adoption without his knowledge, and after the couple had separated and Brown had relinquished his parental rights.

Brown is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and custody was awarded by the court under the Indian Child Welfare Act.  But the adoptive couple, who raised Veronica for 27 months from the time she was 4 months old, has also won court cases in their home state of South Carolina.  The US Supreme Court has, so far, declined to take up the case.

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