After four years of legal battles all the way up to the United States Supreme Court, the custody battle over the girl known as Baby Veronica is over.
On Thursday, Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, announced he is giving up his fight to get the 4-year-old back.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica's adoptive parents, left Oklahoma with the girl on Sept. 23. They are believed to have arrived home in Charleston on Wednesday night.
Dusten Brown struggled to hold back tears as he announced he is dropping all remaining appeals and litigation in the custody case.
"It's difficult to put into words how empty my, our home feels, especially without her. Going into her room and seeing all of her toys without her playing with them is the worst pain I have ever felt," said Brown.
He said it was a decision no father should ever have to make, but it was simply unfair to keep Veronica in the middle.
"It was the love for my daughter that kept me going all this time. But it was also the love for my daughter that finally gave me the strength to accept things that are beyond my control," he said.
"The time has come for me to let Veronica live a normal childhood that was so desperately needed and deserved. And that means stopping the ongoing litigation here in Oklahoma," he said.
Sources close to the situation tell FOX23 Brown has talked to Veronica on the phone a handful of times and things have been amicable between him and the Capobiancos.
"It is my greatest hope we can work together on a solution that is best for Veronica; one that allows me to continue to be a part of my daughter's life, and see and speak with her on a regular basis," he said.
He also had a message for Veronica.
"My home will always be your home, and (you are) always welcome in it. I miss you more than words can express. You will always be my little girl, my princess. And I will always love you until the day I die. I love you and hope to see you soon," he said.
Brown's attorney also asked the Capobiancos to use any influence they have to get South Carolina courts to drop all charges against him there.
Brown is expected to continue working at a crane and rigging company in Coffeyville, Kan.
Veronica's birth mother released this statement:
"I am encouraged by this morning's statements and I'm relieved that Dusten is finally accepting that Matt and Melanie are Veronica's parents. But I still wish that he would take some responsibility for his actions, because I think it would help all of us begin to heal and move forward together in a way that is best for Veronica. Some of Dusten's most vocal supporters are still engaged in threatening and destructive behavior, and he and the Cherokee Nation should use their influence to make it stop, for Veronica's sake."