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Casey and Sandy Parsons miss hearing for custody of 2 youngest children

Sandy, left, and Casey Parsons leave the Federal Courthouse in Winston-Salem on July 30, 2014.
Sandy, left, and Casey Parsons leave the Federal Courthouse in Winston-Salem on July 30, 2014. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

A hearing that could have altered custody arrangements for Casey and Sandy Parsons’ two youngest children was continued in Rowan County court after the Parsonses didn’t show up.

Casey and Sandy Parsons, the adoptive parents of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons, were scheduled to appear in court in Salisbury on Thursday morning but did not show up. A source said Casey is in, or has been in, the hospital for an unknown reason.

Sources also said any custody change is unlikely since Casey Parsons had pleaded guilty to fraud and Sandy Parsons was convicted. They both face sentencing in federal court in February.

Sadie Parsons, 10, and Toby Parsons, 8, were removed from the home when the investigation into the disappearance of Erica Parsons began in August 2013. They are currently staying with Sandy Parsons’ stepmother, Janet Parsons. She says the children are doing well and she’s trying to give them a normal Christmas.

During the most recent custody review in October, there was a change in the custody plan, removing the option of reunification for the Parsons and their youngest children.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website, reunification means the biological parents can petition the court to regain custody of the children.

Since the October hearing, the plan for the Parsons allows guardianship, with the possibility that full legal custody could be awarded to other family members.

Erica Parsons was reported missing in late July of 2013 by her adoptive brother, but had not been seen for more than a year before the report was filed.

Casey and Sandy Parsons maintain that they delivered Erica to a grandmother named “Nan” who lived in the Asheville area. Local law enforcement and the FBI have repeatedly said that Casey and Sandy Parsons are lying about what happened to Erica and that “Nan” does not exist.

Casey and Sandy, who have moved to Fayetteville, are allowed supervised visits with the children, but have repeatedly said that they want their children living with them.

“If you want your kids back, do us all a favor and produce mine or tell the truth,” Carolyn Parsons, Erica’s biological mother told WBTV.

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