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In a daytime exclusive, Dr. Phil sits down with the adoptive parents of 15-year-old Erica Parsons, who was last seen nearly two years ago but was only recently reported missing -- by her brother. Casey and Sandy claim their daughter is alive and well and has been living with “Nan,” a woman who they believe is Erica’s biological grandmother. So, where is Nan? And, why do these parents say they’re now being accused of murder? What really happened to Erica?

Find out what happened on the show.
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Replied By: ameliaisland on Oct 2, 2014, 12:17PM
By Kathryn Burcham

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —

Casey Parsons' family members call her guilty plea to a federal judge a bittersweet moment.

Casey Parsons pleaded guilty to 15 counts of federal fraud and identity theft Wednesday morning in Winston-Salem, in exchange for prosecutors dropping more than 60 other counts after her indictment in July.


Read more: Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons arrested on federal fraud charges

Casey and her husband Sandy Parsons have faced scrutiny by investigators for 14 months since their adopted daughter Erica was first reported missing in July 2013.



Read more about the Erica Parsons' case here.

"I was elated because I never heard Casey, in her whole entire life, admit to doing anything wrong," Casey's sister Tammy Gray told Channel 9 Tuesday afternoon.

Gray said she believed Casey Parsons would try to fight the charges in federal court at trial, which was slated to start on Oct. 14.

Sandy Parsons' future remains unclear, as his trial is still pending.

TIMELINE: Erica Parsons case

"I do think it's justice, but at the same time, it's sad," Gray said.

Gray said she hoped that as part of the plea deal with prosecutors, Casey would be required to provide more information to investigators regarding Erica's whereabouts.

"I want her to go away for life, where she can never manipulate anyone or hurt anyone ever again," Gray said.

Casey will remain free on bond until her sentencing on Feb. 10, 2015.
 
Replied By: ameliaisland on May 15, 2014, 8:22PM
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Bio | Email | Follow: @TonyWCNC Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Updated today at 6:58 PM

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- A judge ruled Thursday that Casey and Sandy Parsons' two youngest children will remain under the care of their paternal grandfather. 

Reunifying the children with Casey and Sandy remains the goal, relatives said.    The couple was in court trying to get their children back after DSS removed them from the family home in Salisbury last summer, after a relative reported Erica Parsons missing. She hasn't been seen at the family home in about a year and a half.    A nationwide search and $35,000 reward has not prompted Erica Parsons’ whereabouts. Investigators consider it a missing person case.   Casey and Sandy Parsons say Erica went to live with a woman named Nan, who they thought was her biological grandmother.   Investigators say Nan doesn't exist and the story isn't true.   Thursday, Casey's mother and aunt talked about the two children, 7 and 9 years old, who have been caught in the middle since the investigation began.    DSS initially removed them from the family home in Salisbury amid allegations Erica was being abused, and because Erica was nowhere to be found.    They kids were put under the care of Shirley Stone, who is Casey's mother and Erica's grandmother.   Then, relatives say the kids were put under the care of Casey's sister, who lived with Stone.   About a month ago, DSS removed the kids again over behavior issues.   Stone says the behavior problem was the kids not being allowed to even mention their parents' names while the sister watched them.    "She wasn't allowed to give her a school picture or have a picture in her room of her mom. She wasn't allowed to talk about her mom. She wasn't supposed to do anything like that," Stone said.   "No matter what people say or what they think about your parents, if they're your parents you still love them at that age especially."   Nobody has been arrested or charged in Erica's disappearance.
 
Replied By: ameliaisland on Apr 15, 2014, 7:14PM
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — 

The adoptive siblings of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons are in a new home.

Family members told Channel 9 that DHHS removed Casey and Sandy Parsons' two youngest children from their custodial home because of major behavioral issues.

In January, a juvenile judge ruled Erica's adoptive aunt would have custody of the children. But now they are staying with Sandy Parsons' parents while DSS determines a new placement for them.

Erica's whereabouts are still a mystery to investigators. She was last seen in November 2011, but was not reported missing until July of last year.

Casey and Sandy Parsons maintain that Erica went to live with her grandmother in Asheville.

But authorities have repeatedly said that grandmother does not exist, and they don't believe Casey and Sandy are telling the truth.

 
Replied By: ameliaisland on Jan 30, 2014, 6:25PM
FBI Offers $25K Reward To Help Find Missing Teen Erica Parsons Share Tweet E-mail 0 Comments Print

Enlarge image Credit Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office Erica Lynn Parsons was reported missing on July 30, 2013 by her stepbrother -- more than two years after she was last seen.

The FBI says it is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that helps them find missing teen Erica Parsons. That's in addition to an existing $10,000 reward from the Rowan County Sherriff's Office. She was reported missing in July of last year, more than two years after she was last seen. Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten had this to say about Erica's adoptive parents:

"It is clear that Casey and Sandy Parsons have not been truthful in providing the information that would lead to the whereabouts to find Erica. We know that there's someone out there who can help us though and now is the time to come forward."

During the press conference in Salisbury, FBI agent Deron Roberts said authorities now know that 15-year-old Erica Parsons did not go to live with Irene "Nan" Goodman two years ago as her parents claimed. Her parents say Goodman was her biological grandmother, but Roberts says the woman does not exist. 

 
Replied By: ameliaisland on Jan 30, 2014, 11:04AM
by WCNC.com Staff

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Updated today at 9:56 AM

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and the SBI are holding a news briefing today to announce an additional reward being offered in connection with the Erica Parsons case. 

Today marks six months since Erica was reported missing by a family member.  

Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Deron Roberts will make statements to the media.      

Erica Parsons was reported missing by her brother July 30th, even though she last seen two years ago, when she was 13.

Erica’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, say they gave Erica to a grandmother named “Nan,” or Irene Goodman.   

Erica’s biological father’s family has said there is no “Nan” or “Irene Goodman” in their family, and law enforcement doesn’t believe such a person exists.

Police have said the adoptive parents have become less cooperative.

 
Replied By: ameliaisland on Jan 17, 2014, 12:30AM
SALISBURY, N.C. — 

Eyewitness News was not allowed inside a Rowan County courtroom Thursday, when a judge made a decision about who would be awarded custody of the Parsons' two youngest children. 

But family members told Channel 9 afterward that for now the children are staying with their aunt and are not going back to their parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons.

The children were taken from them last summer after their adoptive daughter Erica was reported missing.

The Sheriff's Office said she had not been seen for two years before that. Investigators are still working to figure out where she is.

Casey and Sandy Parsons did not speak with Eyewitness News after court, but extended family members on both sides did. 

A family member told Channel 9 the judge told Casey and Sandy Parsons if they want to regain custody of their children they will have to produce Erica Parsons. 

An aunt on Casey's side of the family told Eyewitness News that things are staying the same right now.

"For today we're just relieved that the kids are staying with their aunt and that things are just the same. Nothing has changed, it's just like it was, so that was a relief for the whole family," said Angela Laubscher, an aunt.

Sandy's parents said they were relieved as well. 

"It's been horrible, and there's still parts of this that are not over. But this one part is settled for today," said Janet Parsons, grandmother of the children. 

Another family member told Eyewitness News that the aunt who has custody now will be back in court in about 90 days to check in with the judge.


 
Replied By: ameliaisland on Jan 14, 2014, 5:30PM
by WCNC.com Staff

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated today at 6:20 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- The Parsonses are expected in court on Wednesday for what could be their last custody hearing. 

Sandy and Casey Parsons, the adoptive parents of missing teenager Erica Parsons, are scheduled to be in court Wednesday to fight for custody of their two youngest children. 

The Department of Social Services removed the kids from their home while investigating claims of child abuse that came from the couple’s 20-year-old son—the same son who reported Erica missing. 

A judge could make a final ruling on the children’s custody on Wednesday, and it’s possible the Parsonses could lose custody of their two youngest kids. 

Meanwhile, the search for Erica Parsons continues. The teen has been missing now for more than two years. If you have any information in the case, you're urged to call the Rowan County sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700.

 
Replied By: ameliaisland on Nov 5, 2013, 3:03PM
This story is so reminiscent of the Casey Anthony Saga.  Just like Casey Anthony, Casey Parsons would not have reported this child missing at all if were not for a family member forcing her hand. After watching the show and then researching the local news reports about this case, it seems as though no one is supporting Sandy and Casey's account of  Erica's whereabouts.  It's my guess that it's  just a matter of time before they are arrested and convicted. I hope Dr. Phil will keep us updated on this case.
 
Replied By: deck1986 on Oct 5, 2013, 6:03PM
I just want to cry everytime I hear or read something about this case. That precious child deserves justice! I  will continue to pray that there will be answers soon. These people are horrific and make me absolutely sick to my stomach! Justice for Erica!!! We want to bring you home, sweet girl!!

 
Replied By: dlouise on Sep 30, 2013, 10:52PM
I was horrified by this... No social welfare input, no school input, no extended family input- just no checks from anywhere. She looks serious under weight in those photos. I carnt help thinking she has been sold and no one is going to come forward. These people are emotionally blank about this child its wrong I just hope someone gets to the bottom of this case for Ericas sake
 
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