The mystery surrounding missing teen Erica Parsons put her adoptive parents in court Thursday. Casey and Sandy Parsons had their young children taken from them by the Department of Social Services last summer when deputies started looking into the disappearance of their adoptive daughter, Erica Parsons.
Reporters were not allowed inside the courtroom for Thursday's custody hearing, but family members told My Fox Carolinas Casey and Sandy won't be getting their children back. Angela Laubscher, Casey's aunt, says, “For today, we're just relieved that the kids are staying where they're at, and things are just the same. Nothing has changed. It's just like it was, so that's a relief for the whole family."
Erica Parsons was last seen in November 2011. More than a year and a half passed, before she was reported missing last July. Deputies say Casey and Sandy Parsons never told them Erica had vanished. Erica's adoptive brother was the one who gave authorities the tip about his missing sister.
Janet Parsons, Sandy’s mother says, "They're (the kids are) with DSS (Department of Social Services). They're not released back to Casey and Sandy.”
Family members say they're glad the judge didn't return the younger kids to Casey and Sandy. Janet Parsons says, "She's a wonderful judge. She did really great.” Janet Parsons goes on to say, “It's been horrible. There's still parts of it that's not over. But this one part at least is settled for today.”
Sandy Parsons didn't make a comment Thursday. When asked what happened in court, Casey said, “We won." When pressed about what she meant by that, Casey did not respond.
Authorities continue to look into what happened to Erica Parsons. They’re waiting for test results from evidence found on the Parsons family property over the last few months.