ROWAN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Erica Parson's adoptive father is back in Rowan County from to face murder charges in the death of his daughter. His wife appeared in court for the first time on after being brought back to NC and charged with murder on Tuesday.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Sandy was brought back to North Carolina from a Michigan prison Wednesday afternoon.
Casey Parsons, Erica’s adoptive mother, was returned to the state around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and charged with first degree murder, felony child abuse with serious physical injury, felony obstruction of justice and felony concealment of death.
The court hearing was brief, lasting only about five minutes. Casey Parsons asked for a court-appointed attorney. She looked over at her family members, including her father, in the courtroom.
Erica’s biological mother, Carolyn Parsons, was also in the courtroom.
13-year-old Erica was reported missing in July 2013 by her adoptive brother, but she reportedly hadn’t been seen since Nov. 2011.
Erica’s remains weren’t discovered until Sep. 2016 when Sandy himself led police to the burial site in a wooded area in Chesterfield County, SC.
He 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.
Both adoptive parents were being held in federal prisons after they were convicted on charges of fraud for taking government money and assistance for Erica long after she was gone.
Sandy will be charged after he is booked into the Rowan County Detention Center.