A Charley Project Irregular who is also a Facebook friend messaged me within fifteen minutes of the news breaking: they’ve found the body of Erica Parsons. As of this writing, very little information has been made public, but we know that Sandy Parsons, Erica’s sorry excuse for an adoptive father, lead the police to her remains. Erica’s parents never reported her missing; her older brother did, twenty months after the last time he saw her.
I’ve blogged about Erica’s case several times, the last time in 2014. You can read the details of her dreadful home life and “morally bankrupt” parents on her Charley Project casefile. She was tiny: at thirteen years old she was less than four and a half feet tall. There’s reason to believe her growth was stunted due to malnutrition.
Both Sandy Parsons and Casey Parsons, Erica’s mother, are in prison right now for fraud, because they collected benefits from the government for Erica after she was no longer in their care.
When the cops identify whoever is responsible for Erica’s disappearance and death — and I think we all have a pretty good idea who did this — I can only hope they get the book thrown at them.
I’m a bit late here; this happened back in October. Casey Parsons pleaded guilty to fraud and her husband Sandy was convicted of the same for taking $12,000 in benefits for Erica Parsons after she “ran away from home.”
The couple face sentencing in February and could get up to twenty years in prison. They deserve that, and more.
The adoptive parents of missing teen Erica Parsons have been charged with a whopping SEVENTY-SIX counts of conspiracy, fraud and theft. The charges are sorta-kinda related to her disappearance: Sandy and Casey Parsons were getting money from the government for Erica’s care, and they didn’t report her missing or tell the state she was no longer living with them. They collected $12,000 in benefits after her disappearance:
According to the fraud indictment, from February 2010 to August 2013, Sandy Parsons, 40, and Casey Parsons, 39, committed tax fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, and identity theft, and engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the government.
The indictment alleges that the Parsons received government funded adoption assistance, Medicaid, Social Security, and Food and Nutrition Services benefits for a dependent that did not live with them and used the mail to commit the fraud.
The indictment also alleges that Casey Parsons fraudulently used the identities of other persons as dependents and used other false information when preparing federal tax returns.
It would appear they’re following the same plan prosecutors did in the Adam Herrman case, which I’ve written about many times — so many, in fact, that he has his own category on this blog.
Erica was reported missing a year ago today.
Members of the extended Parsons family have told the media that a family court judge denied a motion to return Casey and Sandy’s not missing children to their care.
Their adopted daughter Erica disappeared in late 2011 or thereabouts; no one’s sure exactly when, and her parents’ explanations for her disappearance (and why they never reported it) have been one lie after another. Their other children were taken from them after Erica’s disappearance was finally brought to law enforcement attention in 2013.
According to the relatives, the judge told Casey and Sandy that in order to get custody of their other kids back, they will have to produce Erica. Fat chance of that happening. I’m reasonably sure that Erica is dead.
At a family court hearing, the judge has said Erica Parsons‘s adoptive parents aren’t allowed to have their other children back yet, although they will get supervised visitation. Reason? The court found evidence that Erica was abused prior to her disappearance.
Anyone who’s read my recent entry about Erica will know how glad I am, though I’m not at all surprised. In fact if Sandy and Casey had gotten custody of their children back at this stage, I would have been shocked — and appalled.
I’m going to be updating Erica Parsons‘s case on the third, with more info taken from search warrants and other court documents I found online. It’s such an incredibly sad story.
The fact that she was adopted just makes it worse in my eyes. Her mom (possibly the only adult in her life who actually cared about her) placed her for adoption. That is something that’s wrenching for a parent, I read a study of birth mothers and the study said they basically never get over the loss. But Erica’s mother did the responsible thing, the loving thing, because she hoped it would give Erica a better life…and then this happens. Casey and Sandy Parsons, out of all the prospective parents out there, chose to take Erica into their home, and the state signed off on it…and then this happens.
It wasn’t like other people didn’t know what was going on with Erica. They saw the bruises. They heard Casey complaining about her, saying she couldn’t stand her, didn’t even want to look at her. At six years old Erica was wearing clothes sized for a child half her age. And now, finally, the whole family has turned against Casey and Sandy, the grandparents are saying they hope they never get the rest of their kids back, their own son testifies against them in the court hearings, the community holds vigils in Erica’s memory and agitates for action…too little, too late.
Once again I quote Robert Cormier: “Hell would not be anger but indifference.”
Five updated cases. That’s it. I’m feeling exceptionally lazy today and kind of down. Nothing major, it’s just that I keep reflecting on my life and all things I did and didn’t do and didn’t do well enough. I’ll get over it.
The largest update was for Erica Parsons. (And yes, her father’s name really is Sandy and her mom’s name is Casey, not the other way around.) Her case is starting to sound more like Adam Herrman‘s case every day. Let’s look at the similarities:
1. Both were adopted.
2. Both of them “ran away.”
3. Both of them were home-schooled, which is part of the reason their disappearances went unnoticed for so long.
4. In both cases, the adopted parents speculated their missing child was with biological family members.
5. Both of them were reported missing by an adult sibling, because the parents wouldn’t do it.
6. In both cases, members of the extended family came forward and said they’d seen the missing child being abused by their adopted parents.
7. In both cases, the adoptive parents got a subsidy from the state and continued to collect it for years after their child disappeared.
Rest in peace, Erica.