US Supreme Court to hear Baby Veronica case in April

WASHINGTON (WCIV) - The United States Supreme Court isslated to hear the Baby Veronica case in April, according to the court'scalendar.

In October, the guardian ad litem for 3-year-old BabyVeronica caught in the middle of a custody battle filed a brief to the UnitedStates Supreme Court in support of the toddler's adoptive parents, asking thehigh court to hear the case.

The brief states the child's guardian, "exhaustivelyconsidered the child's best interests and concluded that they clearly would beserved by allowing her adoptive parents to retain custody."

Matt and Melanie Capobianco, of Charleston, began the process of adoptingVeronica at birth in September 2009. After caring for her for more than twoyears, they lost custody to the toddler's biological father in December 2011.

On Oct. 1, 2012, they filed a petition with the U.S. SupremeCourt in hopes of regaining custody of their child.

Just days after Christmas, the couple was ordered by a South Carolina court tohand over Veronica to her biological father, whom the child had never met.

Dusten Brown, the child's birth father, gained custody basedon the lower court's interpretation of a federal law known as the Indian ChildWelfare Act.

He is a member of the Cherokee Nation.