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NC Judge Closes Hearing In Missing Teen Case

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SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A child-custody hearing was closed in Salisbury for the family of missing teen Erica Parsons.

Erica’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, were ordered to court Thursday about allegations that two juveniles in their family had been abused.

The couple left the Rowan County Courthouse without their two youngest children, ages 7 and 9. Neither the couple nor their lawyers would talk about the case.

The Department of Social Services asked Judge Beth Dixon to close the hearing, saying since there is an ongoing criminal investigation into Erica’s disappearance, opening the courtroom could compromise the investigation.

The children were taken from the couple shortly after Erica was reported missing July 30. She was last seen in July 2011.

Sandy and Casey Parsons say they let their adopted daughter go to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, and they think she’s still with the woman they know as Irene Goodman.

Investigators have not been able to confirm that woman’s existence. The Parsonses say they have not spoken with her since February 2012 and don’t know how to contact her.

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