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.
The pregnant victim gave birth about a month before her due date in March. The arrest documents said the child tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine and opiates shortly after being born at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Tell me again about consenting adults.
Let’s also not forget the money Backpage made from the victim’s ads.
41-year-old Summer Sparrow, I can’t make this up, was a high school teacher in Cherryville, North Carolina. She was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student she had been chatting with on Snapchat. While the age of consent in North Carolina is 16, it’s illegal for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student regardless of age.
The hook to this story is, Sparrow received no jail time for her transgressions. Instead, she lost her teaching license and has to stay out of trouble for a year or face jail time. If she stays out of trouble she can have her crime expunged from her criminal record.
While I’m not a trilby wearing neckbeard, I have to question if a male teacher who was arrested on similar charges would have been given such a sweet deal? We seem to have an impression in this country that when a woman has sex with a teenage boy it’s somehow more acceptable than if a man has sex with an underage teenage girl.
This woman is also a mother. How would she like it if a teacher had sex with one of her kids?
As I’ve said before, the old rules to making these transactions don’t apply anymore as Zack was shot in broad daylight in public. If you insist on using any of these classifieds sites or apps, please meet the other person involved at a police station. Most police stations now have areas set up specifically for these transactions.
Back in the days of MySpace hysteria, the state of North Carolina made it illegal for any registered sex offender to be on social media. They were required to turn over their e-mail addresses and any social media accounts they had. It’s not like sex offenders are known liars and can create any number of alternate accounts, but I digress.
The Supreme Court has overturned that law stating that banning sex offenders from social media is a violation of their first amendment rights. You may be surprised to know, I’m not too broken up about this ruling. When this law was first enacted I was living in North Carolina. It was pushed for hard by then state Attorney General Roy Cooper. At that time I called it nothing more than ‘feel good’ legislation designed to garner reelection for Cooper by pandering to the soccer mom crowd. Considering that Cooper is now the Governor of NC, he’s got pandering down to an art form. I also referred to it as ‘The Dumbfish Law’ because I thought at the time only a ‘dumb fish’ would jump into the figurative boat helmed by Cooper, and not surprisingly some did. This legislation also didn’t address all the predators not on the sex offender registry nor did it prevent RSOs from creating dummy accounts.
The other thing I didn’t like about this legislation is the Government of North Carolina was basically absolving parents from doing their jobs of protecting their own children from online predators. It’s not the government’s job to raise your kids.
What I am curious to know is, what’s going to happen to all the sex offenders that were sent back to prison after violating this now unconstitutional law? I see a lot of lawsuits in the Tar Heel State’s future.
At a prep school in Charlotte, North Carolina, two idiot teens posted a picture to the photo sharing app Instagram that said “(School name) gon have a school shooter one day.” Other than that, there was really nothing threatening about the picture. It was just two kids standing there in what appears to be a parking lot. Neither kid looked all that threatening.
Of course since personal responsibility died some time ago, some of the parents of the suspended students are up in arms.
“None of us are happy with the decision,” said the parent. “We feel like this is going to follow our kids.”
She claims the school said that the suspension for endorsing the threat will stay on her daughters’ record until she graduates.
“Twenty plus students could’ve learned a lesson today, not necessarily been sent out of school for three days”.
There’s another lesson that could have been taught from this incident, the lesson that actions have consequences, even on trivial social media posts. Your kid probably wasn’t getting into Harvard anyway.
I really wanted to find a mugshot of this creep, but I couldn’t find one with 100% certainty that it was him, but I digress.
44-year-old Isaac Kemp of Draper, Utah, has been charged with 65 felonies in the state of Utah concerning the solicitation of two underage girls from Nebraska and North Carolina, but that description barely scratches the surface.
Kemp is also accused of allegedly raping an underage girl from Nebraska after posing as a 16-year-old boy on Kik. After collecting several explicit pictures and videos of the girl he then reportedly told her that his ‘uncle’ would be coming to visit her and that she would have to have sex with him in order to get her ‘experienced’. Police say that he raped the girl in a Nebraska hotel room and gave her morning after pills. Kemp was originally charged with $1 million bail in Nebraska, but it was lowered and he was then able to post bail.
In the North Carolina case, Kemp was allegedly exchanging explicit pictures with a 12-year-old girl on Kik. So far no charges have been filed in North Carolina.
Kemp was said to have been very particular with his electronics when it came to other members of his family…
“In an interview with Kemp’s wife, she said she suspected that something was going on with Kemp, as far back as several years. She said Kemp disappears frequently to the bathroom while at home for long periods of time, and he takes his phone with him,” the charges state. “Kemp’s wife said that Kemp is very private with his cellphone and that no one is allowed to look at it and no one other than Kemp knows the pass code.”
This reminds me of a time where a former co-worker came to me and asked me advice about their friend’s peculiar behavior about their computer. This was in a day before smart phones were the norm. She said that her friend would never let his wife or kids use the computer, and it was always password protected. I said he’s either having an affair or he’s into child porn. Sadly, it was the latter, and the guy ended up going away for a long time leaving his wife and kids to fend for themselves.
As you should know by now, Kik is teeming with sex offenders and pedophiles, and as shown here they will go to preposterous extremes in order to violate your children. They will traverse great distances, spend extravagant amounts of money, and make up the most cockamamie stories just to get what they want from children. If you’re not watching your kids’ online habits, they are.
UPDATE 12/30/2017:Kemp has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He could be looking at 30-60 years behind bars depending on if the sentences are concurrent or consecutive. Sentencing is set for April 2018.
30-year-old Tyler Simkus Smither stands accused of allegedly using the cam chat site Omegle in order to obtain explicit pictures of an 11-year-old boy that he met through the website. Smither is said to be a youth minister at a church in New Hanover County, while the victim lives in Florida. After the two met on Omegle they eventually took their conversations to other platforms like Skype and text messaging. The victim’s mother was contacted by her cell phone carrier as they told her that her son was receiving texts from a new number. This led her to find explicit photos of both her son and Smither on her son’s cell phone.
I commend the victim’s mother for having the option on her son’s cell phone to be notified of strangers contacting her son. However, Omegle is a very old school site that can escape the notice of parents. It’s not an app so parents can’t look for that on a phone. It’s just a website that connects two strangers that happen to be on a camera enabled device. All you need to connect on Omegle is a device with a camera and an internet connection. It could either be a data connection on a cellphone or through an internet or wifi connection. While Omegle does make the occasional report of improper behavior with kids to the NCMEC they don’t do a whole lot to discourage this behavior outside of posting a warning that predators use their site. If websites had parents they would be so proud of them. I think it goes without saying that Omegle is no website for an 11-year-old boy.
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.