Seven years after her disappearance, two years after her remains had been found, and on almost what would have been her 20th birthday, Erica Parsons‘ adoptive parents have finally been charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. While Erica was missing her adoptive parents continued to collect benefits in Erica’s name. Both Sandy and Casey Parsons are currently serving time in federal prison for fraud.
This past Monday, a grand jury in Rowan County, North Carolina, handed down an indictment charging the Parsonses with first-degree murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, felony concealment of death and felony obstruction of justice.
According to the indictment, the Parsonses “did knowingly and willfully dismember and destroy human remains of Erica Lynn Parsons, by any means, including removing body parts and otherwise obliterating any portion thereof.”
Thankfully, they’re already in prison so no one has to look far for them. North Carolina does have the death penalty and first-degree murder is a capital offense. However, due to the fact that the autopsy couldn’t discern an exact cause of death, and that North Carolina hasn’t executed anyone in 12 years, I doubt either of the Parsonses will receive the punishment they deserve.
Recently, the autopsy results of Erica Parsons were made public. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. While Erica was missing her adoptive parents continued to collect benefits for Erica and are now serving federal prison sentences for fraud. In 2016, Erica’s adoptive father Sandy, led police to where her remains had been buried.
According to the report, which was released Tuesday, Erica was tortured and malnourished, and suffered through beatings that were so horrific they broke her bones. The medical examiner discovered she had broken and fractured bones from her face to her fingers.
In the report, the medical examiner says it’s possible Erica died from blunt force, suffocation or strangulation and classified her cause of death as “homicidal violence of undetermined means.”
According to the autopsy report, in the week before her 2011 disappearance, Erica’s siblings described her as looking gray with sunken eyes, smelling bad with open, oozing cuts, very weak and complaining of not being able to breathe.
The autopsy report showed that Erica suffered multiple blunt force injuries over a prolonged period of time, and a growth deficit and low bone density show she was malnourished.
North Carolina does currently have the death penalty, but there’s been a moratorium since 2006. There are three women currently on North Carolina’s death row. It will depend on the charges brought against the Parsonses if they will be eligible for the death penalty.
First, please allow me to apologize for the click bait headline. Hopefully after you read what I post you’ll see that it was necessary.
Facebook has replaced the milk carton when it comes to disseminating information about a missing child. I’m sure many of us have shared the image of a missing child on Facebook hoping that our post will help find them, but are we doing more harm than good?
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently issued a warning to Facebook users that sharing a missing child post on Facebook may actually put the child in danger. According to the RCMP the child may be hiding for their own safety. By posting the image of a missing child we could be unwittingly returning a child into the hands of an abuser.
When it comes to sharing information like this on Facebook we need to stop for a moment and use our heads instead of reacting purely from the heart. That moment could go a long way in keeping someone safe.
UPDATE: Something that I forgot to add, but a Facebook friend reminded me of, is that sometimes these missing child posts can be severely out of date as well. When something gets shared on Facebook, it can sometimes be reposted years after the original post. For example, while it’s not a missing child post, this Facebook post is still circulating two years after its original posting with people still believing it even though there are no sources to verify it.
It’s been 8 years since then 5-year old Giovanni Gonzalez disappeared. In 2008, Giovanni was supposed to have spent the weekend with his father Ernesto Gonzalez in Lynn, Massachusetts. When it came time for Giovanni to be returned to his mother, Ernesto Gonzalez never returned him and Giovanni has been missing since. After being arrested for Giovanni’s disappearance, the elder Gonzalez claimed that he murdered Giovanni, but authorities claim that there is no evidence that corroborates that story.
After having kidnapping charges against him dropped Ernesto Gonzalez has been held in a Massachusetts mental hospital. Now that hospital is claiming that Ernesto Gonzalez is mentally competent. This starts the process for Gonzalez to stand trial in the disappearance of his son. The next step is for Gonzalez to be examined by doctors from both the defense and the prosecution to see whether he is fit for trial.
On Christmas Eve of 2011, then 22-year-old Zinah Jennings was involved in a car wreck in Columbia, South Carolina, when police found her. She and her 18-month-old son Amir, had both been reported missing a month prior. When police caught up to Zinah at the wreck, Amir was nowhere to be found. Jennings claimed that Amir was with relatives anywhere from Raleigh, NC, to Atlanta, GA, except Amir was never found.
The warrants revealed that Erica’s body was allegedly disposed of by the Parsonses on December, 11, 2011. The warrants also revealed the ungodly amount of abuse that the Parsonses allegedly inflicted on her.
This treatment included “locking the girl in a closet, beating her with a belt buckle, bending her fingers back and choking her,” the warrant said. That confirmed what the Parsonses’ son Jamie had testified to during their fraud trial — that he had witnessed his parents abuse Erica and that the couple encouraged him and his younger siblings to abuse her.
The fraud trial that the above quote is referring to, is from when the Parsonses were convicted of fraud for collecting Erica’s government benefits after her disappearance.
According to his testimony, Casey would often break Erica’s fingers by bending them backwards. She would then make her own cast for Erica’s fingers and would not take her for medical assistance.
Jamie testified that Sandy would often get mad and punch Erica with his fist in the back and the top of her head.
Erica was forced to live in a closet with the clothes, Jamie testified, and was often locked in the closet for hours at a time. There was no bed in the closet and she was forced to sleep on the floor.
She was not given access to a bathroom, he said in court, and when Casey found out that Erica had relieved herself she would be beaten, Jamie said. He also said food was often withheld from Erica and she was forced to eat dog food out of a can.
Jamie Parsons said it was his mother, Casey Parsons, who ran the house and was behind most of the abuse that everyone else was afraid to confront.
“They beat her with a belt buckle, that’s why Erica was bald on the top of her head, is because momma would always, or Casey, excuse me, Casey, would always beat her on the top of her head with the belt buckle,” he said.
“If you ask me what I think of him now, it’s not appropriate to hate people – I know that. It’s not appropriate to not be able to pray [for] people, and believe you me I know that one too. I don’t care. I despise every breath they’re still allowed to take,” Carolyn Parsons said.
Carolyn Parsons said after Erica was reported missing in 2013, she tried to meet with Casey and Sandy.
“I gave them ample opportunities,” she said. “See me. If you don’t want to tell the Sheriff’s Department I don’t care. If you don’t want to tell the FBI I don’t care. Tell me where she is. Tell me what you did. They never had the guts to face me and I still don’t think that they do.”
Casey and Sandy Parsons have yet to be charged in Erica’s death, but both are currently in prison, serving time for fraud.
I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been dealing with a minor health issue that’s prevented me from posting, but I’m much better now.
This past week the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on the discovery of Erica Parsons’ remains. The Sheriff stated that it appeared that Erica had been long dead prior to her being reported missing. It was also revealed that it was Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy Parsons, who led investigators to the burial site. Let’s focus on that for just a moment. Since the time that Erica was first reported missing in 2013, she was already gone for two years. In all that time, Casey Parsons was trying to portray that somehow she and her husband were the victims, not that they were fooling anybody. All this chicanery just so they could collect a few bucks a month from the government in the form of Erica’s benefits. All the while, Erica was already dead in an unmarked grave while people who still cared about her looked for her. Sandy Parsons is also believed to have bragged in prison that they would never find Erica without him. Most reports say that Sandy Parsons was allegedly trying to work out a deal with prosecutors. If any deal has been made, I hope it only goes as far as sparing him from the death penalty. However, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has said there is no deal in place.
So far, no cause of death has been released and the Parsonses have not yet been charged in Erica’s death.
The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the skeletal remains of Erica Parsons have been found. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. They were convicted of fraud and are currently in prison. Casey Parsons always maintained that Erica was alive even once saying that she would travel to New Orleans to find her. At the time I sarcastically asked if she would be traveling with OJ Simpson on his trek to find the ‘real killer’.
Erica’s remains were found in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, not too far from where Sandy Parsons’ mother lived. It’s rumored that Sandy Parsons had been talking to authorities while in prison but its unknown if he told them the location of Erica’s body. When the Parsonses were sent to prison after their fraud convictions I wondered how long it would take for one of them to turn on the other. No cause of death has been discussed, but authorities will be holding a press conference next week, although it’s doubtful they’ll have that information at that time.
My prayers and condolences go out to the true friends and family of Erica.
Yesterday, the FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the location of Erica Parsons. If you’ll recall, Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina, but no one can prove that the woman, allegedly Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman, actually exists. The Parsonses also continued to collect the government benefits for Erica while she was missing. They were convicted of fraud and are currently serving out their sentences.
Earlier this month Adam Herrman’s adopted father, 61-year-old Doug Herrman, passed away. Adam disappeared in 1999 at the age of 11, but his adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, did not report him missing until 2008. They continued collecting government benefits for Adam and were each sentenced to less than a year for fraud. They’ve both been considered suspects in Adam’s disappearance from Butler County, Kansas.