Casey Parsons, mother of Erica Parsons, in custody in Rowan Co.


Credit: Rowan County Sheriff's Office

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the adoptive mother of Erica Parsons is back in NC and in their custody. 

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and NC SBI flew to the federal prison, in Tallahassee, FL Tuesday morning to take custody of Casey Lynn Stone Parsons.

Authorities arrived in Rowan County with Parsons around 4:00p.m. She was taken directly to the Rowan County Detention Center.

Once in the Rowan County Detention Center, Parsons was charged with first degree murder, felony child abuse with serious physical injury, felony obstruction of justice and felony concealment of death.

RELATED: Autopsy exposes unsettling details of Erica Parsons’ life and death

She is being held with no bond and will have her first court appearance on March 14. The time has not yet been set.

Erica Parsons was reported missing from Rowan County in July 2013 by her adoptive brother but reportedly had not been seen since Nov. 2011. 

Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy, told investigators at the time that Erica had gone to visit her grandmother, Nan, but police were unable to locate them. 

It wasn’t until Sept. 2016 that Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy, led authorities to her remains in a wooded area in Chesterfield County. Sandy Parsons later admitted to authorities that his adoptive daughter’s remains were discarded in Dec. 2011. 

In Jan. 2018, the medical examiner ruled Erica Parsons cause of death as homicide violence of undetermined means. Her autopsy report revealed disturbing details about how the missing teen lived and died. 

Casey is still serving a sentence in federal prison after being convicted of fraud for taking federal adoption assistance money meant for Erica long after the teen was gone for their home. 

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