The holidays have been tumultuous for Veronica Rose.

On New Year's Eve 2011, she went to live with her birth father, Dusten Brown of Oklahoma, who halted her adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco through the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Shortly after Christmas 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would consider a plea for her return to the Capobiancos. When the justices later ruled in their favor, Veronica mattered to American Indians, adoption advocates and others whose hearts were captivated by the girl called "Baby Veronica."

After a flurry of legal wrangling, the 4-year-old was back on James Island this Christmas. The adoptive family remains quiet; the Capobiancos declined recent interview requests from The Post and Courier.

In Oklahoma, Brown's Facebook page noted that Christmas gifts would stay unopened under his tree.

ANDREW KNAPP

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