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Oklahoma Supreme Court gives Cherokee girl to adoptive parents
OKLAHOMA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Cherokee girl at the center of a custody dispute that has lasted years has been handed over to her adoptive parents.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay, returning baby veronica to her adoptive parents.
Authorities made the custody exchange late Monday night.
Some parents protesting the decision Monday weighed in.
"Why do I feel betrayed? Because they didn't have to allow this to happen," said one.
"This should've never happened. I want the President of the United States. He weighed in on Trayvon Martin. I want him to weigh in on this," said another.
The girl's father, Dusten Brown, regained custody two years ago in a court battle.
But the Cherokee Nation Attorney General said it was the father's decision to give the girl back.
Veronica's adoptive parents are expected to raise the little girl in South Carolina.