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Jul 17, 2013 6:20 PM by Associated Press

Court awards American Indian child to SC couple

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's highest court has ruled that an American Indian child who's at the center of a custody suit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court should be returned to the Charleston-area couple seeking to adopt her.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 3-2 that Matt and Melanie Capobianco are the only party properly seeking to adopt the girl in South Carolina and ordered a Family Court to finalize the couple's adoption.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt the 3-year-old named Veronica. South Carolina courts originally said the federal Indian Child Welfare Act favored her living with her father and Dusten Brown took custody in 2011.

Earlier this month, the girl's biological father filed to adopt the child in Oklahoma.

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