Sad New Details About Erica Parsons, The 12-Year-Old Girl Who Was Murdered By Her Adoptive Parents

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They didn't report her missing for two years.

After years of speculation and unanswered questions, a North Carolina couple was finally charged with the murder of their 12-year-old adopted daughter. 

On Monday, a grand jury indicted Sandy and Casey Parsons on the charges of first-degree murder, felony child abuse, felony concealment of death and felony obstruction of justice. All in the name of Erica Parsons. 

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In 2011, Eric Parsons went missing. However, she wasn't reported missing for two more years. And it wasn't by her adoptive parents Sandy and Casey, it was by her brother. 

The Parsons told police that she went to stay with relatives in Asheville. It wasn't until September 2016 that her remains were discovered in South Carolina. 

In the year following Erica's disappearance, Casey and Sandy were arrested on fraud charges for cashing adoptive assistance checks. Police had long been suspicious of the couple, and in August of 2016, Sandy finally admitted that Erica's body had been "discarded." 

He claims they got rid of the body on Dec. 19, 2011, and told police where they could find her. 

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Erica was located in a shallow grave. Though no one knows for sure when she did, police believe she was 12 or 13 at the time. An autopsy report suggests she died of homicidal violence and that she suffered abuse before she was killed. 

Testimony at the Parsons' trial revealed that Erica, who was undersized and partially deaf, was consistently exposed to serious bodily injury, including "broken and fractured bones which resulted in a permanent and protracted condition that caused extreme pain." 

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The indictment also accuses her adoptive parents of carrying out a plan to kill her and concealing her body by cutting it into pieces. Their biological son, James Parsons, said that he and the other children in his family routinely abused Erica — usually at their mother's request. 

Erica was often locked in closets and beaten for relieving herself on the floor when she didn't have access to the bathroom. 

"She didn’t look too good – she looked like a zombie,” he said of the last time he saw his sister. “She said she did not feel good. She said she could not breathe too good.”

If she was alive, Erica would have celebrated her 20th birthday this past Sunday. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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