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The Battle for Baby Veronica; Impact Your World; NYC Doctor Offers to Pay for a Date; What Makes Dads Beautiful

Aired August 13, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: If you don't love this song, you don't love any song.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, Tuesday, August 13th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning, everyone.

BOLDUAN: Coming up this half hour, the fight for baby Veronica. The adoption case taking a dramatic turn now. The biological father arrested for defying a court order to return the girl to her adoptive parents. We're going to have an update on that case coming up.

CUOMO: Plus, we're going to introduce you to the Park Avenue doctor, there he is, offering free eye surgery for dates. But here is the other issue, he just might be the pickiest guy around. He's joining us after he gets done with whatever he's doing there.

BOLDUAN: He's going to show his picture.

CUOMO: Is that what he was going to do? Thank you very much.

Let's head to Michaela for the five things you need to know for your new day.

PEREIRA: All right. Happening right now at number one, clashes breaking out in Egypt this morning between supporters of ousted President Morsy and his opponents. Police are reportedly firing tear gas into the crowds in Cairo.

Hannah Anderson back with her family in California and now mourning the death of her brother and mother. Investigators say suspect James DiMaggio fired at least one shot before he was killed by an FBI tactical agent in Idaho.

Arraignment today for two men accused of trying to obstruct the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and assisting Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev. The Israeli government agreeing to release 26 Palestinian prisoners. This is part of a deal that sets the stage for direct Israeli/Palestinian peace talks starting tomorrow.

And at number five, Anthony Weiner and his Democratic rivals facing off tonight in the first New York City mayoral debate. Less than a month to go until the primary, Weiner has slipped to fourth place in the polls.

We will update those five things you need to know throughout the day. So please go to for the very latest.


BOLDUAN: All right, Michaela, thanks so much.

Let's get to the heartbreaking case now of baby Veronica. An adoption battle that's lasted for nearly four years. It's not over yet. It's taking some new turns this morning. Zoraida Sambolin is here with the latest developments.

It's such a sad story. It's hard no matter how you slice it.

ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I totally agree with that. It's a very sad story. The adoptive parents of the three-year-old Native American girl are demanding her biological father return the child to them. It's been ordered by the Supreme Court and it should have happened last week.


MELANIE COPOBIANCO, VERONICA'S ADOPTIVE MOTHER: We ask, what are you waiting for? With every passing hour, we fear more and more for her safety and wellbeing.

SAMBOLIN (voice-over): Matt and Melanie Copobianco say what happens to their daughter amounts to kidnapping.

MELANIE COPOBIANCO: We prayed the courts would do the right thing, and they did. Now we pray that those who are holding Veronica will do the right thing.

SAMBOLIN: It all started when the couple adopted now tree-year-old Veronica back in 2009. They raised her for two years before a court forced them to return her to her biological father, Dusten Brown.

DUSTEN BROWN, VERONICA'S BIOLOGICAL FATHER: She's doing great. She's a wild kid and very excited. Full of energy.

SAMBOLIN: Brown had initially waived his parental rights during the adoption proceeding, but later changed his mind and filed suit using a little-known federal law that protects Native American children from being separated from their parents. Brown is part Cherokee.

BROWN: She don't quite understand it. She has seen pictures of them with her. She goes, well, I know that's me, but who are they? I mean, I just tell her, those are some people that love you, too.

SAMBOLIN: The case went all the way up to the Supreme Court, who in June ruled in favor of the Copobianco family. Justice said the federal law does not apply in this case since Brown waived his parental rights. Brown was ordered last week to appear at a court hearing to start the process of returning Veronica to the home of the Copobiancos, but he was charged with failing to show up. He turned himself into police on Monday.

BROWN: I'm willing to go to jail for my daughter. This is my family and I'll protect them. And I mean if it takes me going to jail for it, so be it.

SAMBOLIN: The Copobiancos say they understand how Brown feels, but they urge him to do the right thing and return Veronica.

MATT COPOBIANCO, VERONICA'S ADOPTIVE FATHER: We know better than anybody how it feels to have to hand over a child. And, you know, we understand their pain. We understand what they're going through. And we know they care about her. We know they love her. One way or another, she's going to come home.


SAMBOLIN: Dusten Brown was freed on $10,000 bond. His wife, Robin, says Veronica is safe at an undisclosed location. She is with her grandparents. This is a tragedy, right? This little girl spent two years with the Copobiancos and now 18 months with her biological father. The way you look at this, it's kind of a no-win situation, right?

BOLDUAN: It is no-win.

SAMBOLIN: Yet the little girl is stuck in the middle and the Supreme Court handed down their decision. This case was litigated already.

BOLDUAN: Right. The -- I mean it's gone the extent it's going to go, it appears, in terms of a legal avenue. And we were talking while we were watching this piece, there has to be a way for these two sets of parents to work it out amongst themselves and think about this little girl because right now they're tearing -- they're tearing her apart.

SAMBOLIN: I've watched the Copobiancos as they've given several interviews and really it seems like they are willing to do that, let's figure this out for the sake of this little girl maybe how we can all be involved, right? And at the end of the day, the little girl transitions a little easier now as well because this little girl's gone through this already twice.

PEREIRA: Well, can I just say, I'm an adoptee and I know that it's later in life that these questions about where you come from come up so vividly.


PEREIRA: They have to handle it right now because otherwise she's always going to feel that she was cheated out of one or both of the families. I mean it's so important.

BOLDUAN: And it's happened so publicly too.


SAMBOLIN: And she has video to go back and watch, right, to see how this was all handled very early on.

BOLDUAN: Yes, unfortunately.

CUOMO: Right.

BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, Zoraida.

SAMBOLIN: Oh, my pleasure. Thank you.

PEREIRA: What a story.

CUOMO: The key is to put the kid first.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Yes.

SAMBOLIN: Oh, yes.

CUOMO: And that's what always gets lost in litigation. When people start fighting, they forget about what's supposed to matter and what's supposed to matter most.

Zoraida, appreciate it very much.

BOLDUAN: Thank you.

SAMBOLIN: You're welcome.

CUOMO: All right, moving on now. Country music star Kellie Pickler is currently on tour, performing in front of fans, but it's entertaining our troops that really touches her heart. This granddaughter of a retired Marine impacts her world through song.


KELLIE PICKLER, SINGER: Hey, there, I'm Kellie Pickler. I come from a military family. I've always had a great deal of respect for our service men and women. I work a lot with the USO. I love working with them. And we've been able to go and do so many tours overseas.

Where are my girls at? All right!

To be in a position where you can take a little piece of home to your service men and women, I mean, why would you not do that? Because they need to know that we have their back because they have ours. It's the right thing to do, and that's why I do it.

The USO, they've been doing this for over 60 years. You cannot compare those shows to any other shows that you do. I wish I could just donate my whole time to just doing those tours, because I'd do it in a heartbeat. I love it.

Join the movement. Impact your world and you can be a part of something really special.


BOLDUAN: Impact your world. All right.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, Park Avenue plastic surgeon looking for love. He says if you hook him up, he'll fix you up. Problem is, he's pretty picky. We've got a lot to talk about with this doctor. He's joining us live.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

We may all be looking for love, but one ark Avenue surgeon is going about his quest for romance in a very unusual way. Dr. Emil Chynn sent an e-mail to contacts that he met from a networking event offering cash and free medical procedures in exchange for being set up on a date. But not just any date. Dr. Chynn has some pretty specific qualifications. Do you want to know more about it?

PEREIRA: We do, we do, we do, we do.

BOLDUAN: The doctor's with us right now. The good doctor's in.

Dr. Chynn, thank you so much for joining us.


BOLDUAN: I -- we've got -- I have lists of things we need to list off because you are very specific in what -- in your requirements. I just want to first talk about the match making rewards that you're offering your colleagues if they set you up. If they set you up on a first date, it's $100 cash. Second date, $200 or free latisse with $300. Third date, you can even offer free botox. Fourth date, and it goes on and on and on from there. I think the first question is, is your dating life that bad that you have to start having to pay people off (ph)?

CHYNN: Look, it start -- it's because I had my MBA and I was at NYU and the people said, you know, you really should offer a thank you. And that's an old e-mail from like a year ago. The current thank you is if you set me up with somebody and we fall in love and get married, I donate $10,000 to the charity of their choice. It could be like Make A Wish or ASPCA.

PEREIRA: Sign me up.

CHYNN: We just -- Park Avenue Lasik, we just lasered somebody, he donated a procedure to his friend. You can go on our website, and if you can't afford laser, you put yourself on as a person who wants it and can't afford it and someone else we laser can say, I want to laser them and we'll do them for free as a charity case.

PEREIRA: Do you worry that the woman that you ultimately meet and fall in love with is going to think that that's kind of a bad way to be set up?

CHYNN: I don't think that she would think it's bad if her friend sets me up and then I donate $10,000 to Make A Wish. That's kind of a nice thing, I would think.

BOLDUAN: All right.

CUOMO: So how's it working out for you?

CHYNN: I've had a few dates and setups and stuff like that, but this is not the only way I'm meeting people.

BOLDUAN: Oh, good.

CHYNN: I still go to bars and clubs and not necessarily those activities. One -- thing I like to do, cycling. I'm in a cycling club and --

PEREIRA: Yes, do the things you love, right?


BOLDUAN: And we've got to stick it to you on some of these requirements, though. They're a little specific.

CUOMO: I deal with this every day, doc, it's not going to hurt that bad.

BOLDUAN: No, no, no, no, no, do not -- do not get like that for this interview.

PEREIRA: They'll love you through (ph) the process.

BOLDUAN: The list of requirements for the date if you're going to be set up. It has to be a Caucasian woman, dress size 0 to 2, a college degree, Ivy league preferred, an eight on the one to 10 scale of attractiveness, a type b personality -- and that's only just some of -- that describes maybe about two or three women in Manhattan and why --

PEREIRA: So you're saying I've got a chance, doctor?

CHYNN: No, but that --

PEREIRA: Do you think?

BOLDUAN: Are you a little restrictive, do you think?

CHYNN: That was -- that was a misleading quote by "The New York Post."

PEREIRA: Oh, really?


BOLDUAN: You have no requirements for the woman that you want to be set up with?

CHYNN: OK, in terms of like the dress size thing, I'm only 125 pounds and most women aren't comfortable dating men that weigh less than them. So that could be phrased that I want to date someone kind of -- you know, looks like comparable to me.



CHYNN: And, also, "The New York Post" said that I needed an Ivy League degree. I never said that. I specifically said any college graduate just to kind of show completion and the fact that they -- they're educated and they value education. So that's a reasonable --

BOLDUAN: You're taking issue with "The New York Post" and how they've reported on it, but you put yourself out there with -- I mean this -- is this a bit of a publicity stunt then?

CHYNN: I -- no, no, no. This was sent a year ago and this guy just posted it on the Internet.

PEREIRA: Interesting (ph).

CHYNN: I don't really want to come on to the show saying, you know, defending myself against "The Post." Genuinely, I want to get married. I spent my entire career trying to be the best doctor I can be. Columbia, Harvard, this kind of thing.


CHYNN: But really I kind of sacrificed my personal life for my professional life. Now I get my --

PEREIRA: We understand that.

BOLDUAN: A lot of people can say that, yes.

CHYNN: In New York, a lot of people do that. And then by the time they look around, they blink, they're 45, and they're like, whoa, I need to get married and we'll have children. I want to have children. I want to be married. I want to be young enough that I can play soccer with my son. So now I'm kind of in a biological clock as a man, actually.

PEREIRA: Well, ladies, here you go. Here he is, an available, fun- loving guy. He likes to cycle. He's outdoorsy. Likes some fitness stuff. You like --

CHYNN: Photography.

PEREIRA: Photography. Like the bar (ph). Single and available.

CUOMO: Got to work on the wardrobe, though. CHYNN: Yes, I'm coming on my way to work actually, so -- and my dog's a famous dog. He's a model.

PEREIRA: A famous dog.

CHYNN: He did a photo shoot for Valentino and he's going to do another shoot tonight for a music video.

BOLDUAN: All right.

CUOMO: That's -- you should lead with that.

BOLDUAN: He's a busy man. He's a busy man.

CHYNN: Here's another requirement --


CHYNN: Must like dogs.

BOLDUAN: Must like dogs. There you go.

PEREIRA: Isn't there a movie called that?

BOLDUAN: That's a movie.

Doctor, great to meet you. Good luck.

CHYNN: Thank you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

PEREIRA: Good to see you, Dr. Chynn.

CUOMO: You know what would also help, that they know that you have a big heart. So listen to "The Good Stuff," doc, because everybody loves "The Good Stuff," right? Here's today's edition.

GoPro cameras. You know the little waterproof cameras. People are putting them everywhere, strapping them on their helmets and their cars. They capture a lot of action, a lot of excitement. Turns out, they're also catching a lot of the good stuff. First, we take you to our neighbors up north, yes, Canada. Canada, as they say up there. Specifically Victoria, British Columbia.

PEREIRA: That's where I'm from.

CUOMO: I knew it. Where a man on a motorbike, which is also where Michaela Pereira is from, spots something by the side of the road. He slows down to take a closer look.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I saw ya. Let me give you a pull, a little reverse here. Ready?


CUOMO: Why is this happening? Well, the guy was biking around, had the GoPro on, just to see what happened in his day. He just happened to see this. He stops and helps this woman in the wheelchair. She was stuck in a rut. Does a little -- you know, takes a little doing --

BOLDUAN: She's really stuck.

CUOMO: But soon she's on her way and so is the biker, having completed what he calls a random act of coolness and he happens to be 100 percent right.

But that's not all. Another situation. This time a bit more dangerous. A group of moped riders are coming fast around a turn when they spot a man inexplicably walking along the side of a busy road. One of them slows down, turns around and finds out there's a very good reason the man is there, he's blind.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Excuse me, sir? There is a sidewalk just three, four feet over to your left side.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you walk me over there?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of course, give me one moment to park my bike.


CUOMO: A simple act of kindness, and I'm just -- just a few seconds out of that driver's day may have saved a life. Both riders shared those videos because they wanted to inspire others to do similar, selfless acts. And even better news as our Michaela know all too well, both of those stories come out of Canada.

PEREIRA: My neighbors to the north.

CUOMO: So you see wearing this go pro just to show these random things that happened.


CUOMO: It's good idea for Doc, you know you put the Go Pro in there and show all of the good things that happen during the day and help people out.


CUOMO: Build up the cache. All right that's "The Good Stuff", we got it from you, so please help bring it to us, tweet us, Facebook, #goodstuff, go to the Web site, any way you want to do it.

BOLDUAN: All right coming up on NEW DAY, it's one of the hardships of being a father, John Berman will honor the stoic dads who have to watch boy bands perform while their daughters swoon.


CUOMO: When the (INAUDIBLE) became huge, it was because they were people that the parents could identify with.

BOLDUAN: Well, that's true.


CUOMO: It's getting to the point where the man needs no introduction. I will only say JB.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And if there's one thing I know, it's hip; though I don't know if anyone actually says hip anymore. But right now there is nothing hipper than the boy band One Direction. Their song, "What Makes You Beautiful", it touches us all deeply and profoundly.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I can't believe you don't know you're beautiful --


BERMAN: Like I said it touches everyone, maybe not actually everyone though because look at these photos posted on Reddit. Fathers who have been taken to a One Direction concert by their children. These poor men (INAUDIBLE) in ways they probably never imagined the pain. It looks excruciating. Really almost unimaginable.

But look, I'm going to give these dads the award today, and that award is the "What Makes You Beautiful" award. I say that seriously and without irony. Hats off to you, it takes a special sort of man to take his kid to see a boy band. I mean these concerts are not short and your children, they will remember it forever or at least for most of the ride home.

All I can say, as of this moment, my boys are not allowed to listen to One Direction ever, ever. It will never be played, ever. Ever. They don't exist in my house. Boy band -- B-A-N-N-E-D.

CUOMO: Remember this when we're driving together. All these bands' concert.

BERMAN: That's all you have on your car is One Direction. I thought that was great.

CUOMO: Talk amongst yourselves, we'll be right back.


BOLDUAN: That is it for NEW DAY everyone. "CNN NEWSROOM" with Carol Costello begins right now.