Judge: Parsonses can’t have custody of children until Erica is found

cwootson@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 16, 2014 

The youngest children of Casey and Sandy Parsons will remain with relatives until missing teenager Erica can be produced, a judge ruled on Thursday, a family member told WBTV.

The Parsonses remained tight-lipped Thursday after a closed hearing at juvenile and family court in Salisbury, but Angela Laubscher, a relative, said the custody situation would remain the same for at least the next 90 days, according to WBTV.

The Parsonses’ youngest children are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Services and are staying with Casey Parsons’ mother.

Erica, 15, was adopted by the Parsonses as a baby and was reported missing in July.

Authorities searched the Parsons home just outside Salisbury, in connection with the girl’s disappearance. Shortly after that search, the Department of Social Services removed the Parsonses’ youngest children, Sadie and Toby. The Parsonses have attended several court hearings in an attempt to get them back.

Erica’s disappearance has made international headlines, and investigators have interviewed Casey and Sandy Parsons several times. Investigators have said in search warrants that they suspect foul play, and court documents made public last month indicated that investigators believe the girl may be dead.

The Parsonses moved to Fayetteville because they were tired of the intense media and public scrutiny. But they made weekly trips back to Salisbury for supervised visits with the children.

One of the Parsonses’ attorneys, Carlyle Sherrill, said Thursday’s hearing was dispositional, meaning a judge would determine what the Parsonses would have to do to be reunited with their youngest children.

Laubscher told WBTV that a judge would re-evaluate the ruling after 90 days.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson

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