Gov. Nikki Haley has dropped a request to extradite the biological father of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl back to South Carolina.
“On behalf of the State of South Carolina, I think you for your cooperation in ensuring the laws and court orders of our states are respected and obeyed,” Haley said in a memo to Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin, the Associated Press reports.
Dusten Brown was charged with custodial interference in August after he did not appear at several South Carolina Family Court-ordered meetings with adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco. Haley had sought Brown’s extradition from Oklahoma to face those charges in an attempt to resolve the ongoing legal fight. However, Brown challenged the extradition and it took more than a month for the case to make its way through the Oklahoma court system.
Brown last week handed over his daughter to the Capobiancos after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay that had kept Veronica in his custody during the court proceedings. Brown still faced an extradition hearing Thursday until the governor made her request.
Even though he no longer faces extradition, Brown could still be arrested on the custodial interference charge if he ever travels to South Carolina.