Attorney for Casey and Sandy Parsons addresses court summons
Update: Casey and Sandy Parsons’ attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, said today he could not detail what’s contained in a juvenile summons.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office served the summons on behalf of the Rowan County Department of Social Services. Juvenile records are not public documents.
Sherrill said the summons likely includes some of the same abuse allegations referred to in recently released search warrants.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has been looking into the disappearance of the couples’ 15-year-old adopted daughter Erica, who has been missing since late 2011.
Sherrill, who spoke briefly with reporters, noted a home visit by DSS with the couple the same day son, James, reported Erica missing.
Sherrill said the findings were that the two youngest children were in no danger. However, the DSS removed the children on July 31 because Erica was missing.
The juvenile summons allows the couple to appear in court before a judge to discuss and create plan for what should be done with the couple’s children.
Rowan investigators confirmed Casey Parsons, the adoptive mother of missing teen Erica Parsons, is expected to be released from the hospital later today.
And the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said this morning Casey’s adoptive parents are being served with a juvenile summons issued by the Rowan County Department of Social Services. Details about the summons were not released.
Investigators have been looking into the disappearance of the 15-year-old since late last month. She’s been missing since November or December 2011. The adoptive brother, James Parsons reported her missing to authorities on July 30.
Casey Parsons was sent to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem with complications related to her stomach and colon. The couple’s attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, said she was sent to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Rowan officials said they’ve had contact with Sandy Parsons this morning; he is at home. Casey Parsons is expected to return later today.
Sandy Parsons spent hours Thursday at his attorney’s office interviewing with an FBI agent. He rushed out of the office and headed to the hospital, his attorney said.
Investigators searched the couple’s Miller Chapel Road home for much of Wednesday and search warrants were released Thursday. The warrants detail a history of abuse by both Casey and Sandy Parsons.
The warrants list the items officers seized from the Parsonses’ home — including pants, a section of drywall, baseboards and carpet that may be stained with blood and two large knives wrapped in plastic.
The family members cited in the warrants, who are not named, said “Erica was small for her age and rarely interacted with family or extended family,” and that she was often harshly disciplined by Casey Parsons.
At one point, a family member told investigators, Casey Parsons sent Erica to live with someone else. After eight months, Casey went back for the child, warrants said, because she feared DSS would find out that she did not have and was still getting money for the child.