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Brown says he's ending litigation in Baby Veronica case

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Dusten Brown gives a statement about ending litigation. (Oct. 10, 2013/Courtesy CNN-KJRH) Dusten Brown gives a statement about ending litigation. (Oct. 10, 2013/Courtesy CNN-KJRH)
TULSA, OK (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The biological father of baby Veronica said he will end any litigation in the custody case for his 4-year-old daughter.

Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation's assistant attorney general Chrissi Nimmo held a news conference Thursday in Tulsa where they said it was time for the litigation to begin and "healing to begin."

Nimmo said there had been communication between Brown and the Capobiancos, who have custody of Veronica following a legal battle that lasted the past few years.

Brown turned the girl over to the Capobiancos after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an order keeping her in Oklahoma in September.

Brown is a member of the Cherokee Nation and argued that federal law favors his keeping custody. The U.S. Supreme Court has said the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.

During Thursday's news conference, it was said that Brown and his family hope that Matt and Melanie Capobianco will honor their commitment to allow the Browns to be a part of Veronica's life.

"The time has come to for me to let Veronica to live a normal childhood," Brown read between tears.

He went on to say that he does not think it fair to keep Veronica in the media since she has spent most of her childhood in the spotlight. He acknowledged that much had been said and written about his daughter and the custody fight and spoke to her directly.

"One day you will read about this time in your life," he said. "Never, ever for once second doubt how much I love you and how hard I fought for you and how much you mean to me."

Veronica is back in South Carolina living with her adoptive parents, the Capobiancos. Brown said he hopes they can work on a solution so he can see and talk to her regularly.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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