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No Settlement Reached in Cherokee Girl Case

12:40 PM, Sep 23, 2013   |    comments
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The adoptive parents and biological father of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl have failed to reach a custody agreement after a week of negotiations in Oklahoma.

The judge assigned to the case by the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a statement Monday saying no agreement was reached and the week-long conference had concluded.

It's unclear where the case heads now. A gag order remains in effect.

The biological father, Dusten Brown, belong to the Cherokee Nation. He won custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act when his daughter was 2 from Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina.

The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that law didn't apply, and the Capobiancos were finalized as her adoptive parents this summer. But Brown never handed over the child as he appeals through Oklahoma courts.

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