Fundraiser hopes to help 'Save Veronica'

(Scott Garrand/WCIV)

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV)-- A fundraiser was held at Bowens Island Restaurant on James Island to help the Save veronica Rose fund. The money raised will go to Veronica's adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, to pay for their legal fees.It's a case that the family and friends of the Capobiancos will be watching very closely."I have been very close friends with Melanie for over 23 years," said Amanda Elder with the Save Veronica Rose organization. "I've known Veronica since she was born."On Tuesday, the state supreme court in Columbia will hear the Capobianco's case for getting Veronica back from her father, Dusten Brown."Matt and Melanie adopted Veronica at birth," said Elder. "Matt cut the umbilical cord in the delivery room, they took her home immediately, and unfortunately when she was two years and three months old, the court ruled in favor of the biological father who contested the adoption."A local judge originally ruled in favor of Brown in the case, due in part to Brown's membership with the Cherokee Nation.Brown claims he didn't know the girl's biological mother was putting her up for adoption when he signed away his parental rights.It's been more than three months since Veronica Rose was taken from her adoptive parents on James Island and returned to her biological father in Oklahoma.


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