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CCSO: Latest trip for Veronica case cost $4,600

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A pair of Charleston County deputies and a State Law Enforcement Division agent have incurred another $4,600 in costs related to traveling to Oklahoma for the Veronica custody battle.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office Finance Office released a breakdown of costs on Friday for the group's latest trip to Oklahoma in the Veronica custodial investigation. The charges started Monday and include airfare, lodging, rental car fees and meals.

Adding in overtime and "fringe benefits" brings the three-day total to $4,639.28.

These costs are all on top of the previous tab of $9,300 that covers Deputies Rita Zelinsky and John Nice and SLED agent Marion Baker.

The bulk of the charges came from airfare for the three officers. There is also nearly $900 worth of charges for a rental car and fuel.

Nearly two months ago, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, of James Island, were awarded custody by South Carolina courts but were not able to take Veronica until Monday night.

SPECIAL SECTION: The Baby Veronica Story

The case seemingly came to a conclusion Monday night after seven weeks of talks between Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, and the adoptive couple ended.  After a custody battle that started in 2009, Veronica left the Tahlequah home to be escorted to the waiting Capobiancos.

Since taking custody of Veronica, the Capobiancos have left Oklahoma but have not arrived in the Lowcountry. The family released a single photo of them outside a truck stop.

It is unclear when the family will return to their James Island home, but news trucks have lined the usually quiet street hoping to spot the Capobiancos with Veronica.

On Wednesday evening, Brown released a statement saying that the three days since Veronica was taken from his home have been "more painful than words can describe."

"Veronica is my child, my flesh and blood, and I love her more than life itself," Brown said. "Mommy and Daddy love you and miss you so much."

On Dec. 31, 2011, Veronica was removed from the Capobiancos' home and taken to Oklahoma, where Brown and his family reside. For the first time in nearly two years, the Capobiancos regained custody of their adopted daughter.

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