$4,600 for SC Deputies to Escort Adoptive Parents

Sep 27, 2013

Matt and Melanie Capobianco at a Tulsa news conference
Credit KWGS News File Photo

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It cost Charleston County just over $4,600 to send three sheriff's deputies to Oklahoma to assist and escort the adoptive parents from the county in a dispute over a Cherokee child.

Chief Inspector C.W. Brokaw of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office released an accounting Friday outlining the lodging, air fare and other costs for three deputies sent to Oklahoma on Monday.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island were given custody of 4-year-old Veronica after a multi-year custody dispute with her biological father Dusten Brown.

The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court before the Capobiancos received custody. The still have not returned to the Charleston area.

The sheriff's office accounting includes costs for the deputies from Monday through Wednesday.