DES MOINES — The father of a Cherokee Indian girl mired in an adoption dispute was ordered to leave an Iowa National Guard base and return to Oklahoma.

Iowa National Guard spokesman Col. Greg Hapgood said Sunday that Dusten Brown received orders Saturday night to return to the Oklahoma National Guard.

Brown is charged with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter. A South Carolina couple have been trying to adopt the girl, named Veronica.

The issue has been clouded by federal law favoring the girl living with her father.

A South Carolina judge finalized the couple’s adoption and approved a plan to reintroduce Veronica to the couple. Brown didn’t show up for the first scheduled gathering Aug. 4, prompting the charge.

Brown was attending a military training school in a Des Moines suburb.

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