Parents of Erica Parsons to be charged with murder

Erica Parsons (WSOC photo)

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten announced Tuesday morning that Casey and Sandy Parsons, the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, will be charged with murder in the death of Erica, nearly five years after the girl was reported missing.

A Rowan County grand jury indicted Casey and Sandy on charges of first-degree murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, felony concealment of death, and felony obstruction of justice.

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"Her birthday would have been Saturday. She would have been 20 years old," Sheriff Auten said

Erica's case has haunted the community since 2013, and Auten expressed pride when announcing authorities had gotten the break they had been waiting for that allowed murder charges to be brought forth.

"You don't get a first degree murder indictment by chance, you have to have some pretty good evidence," he said.

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