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Mother in custody fight turns baby over to state


A member of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa who was in a custody fight over her baby son has turned him over to the state after testing positive for dugs, WHO-TV reports.

Kelly Buffalo voluntarily gave Braven to the state Department of Human Services on Tuesday. The TV station said she tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. Police found drug paraphernalia and $3,500 in her home after receiving a tip that Buffalo was using drugs.

Buffalo had been fighting her tribe over plans to give Braven to a non-Indian couple. In the end, she decided to keep her son.

Get the Story:
New Twist in Adoption Case (WHO-TV 10/13)

Relevant Links:
National Indian Child Welfare Association - http://www.nicwa.org

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