ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Documents obtained only by Eyewitness News shed new light on concerns about Erica Parsons years before she disappeared.
Channel 9 spoke with one person who was intimately involved with the Department of Social Services records that cleared the Parsons family of abuse. The station has agreed to not reveal her identity.
The DSS documents show at least one person was concerned Erica was being abused almost a decade before she disappeared. The documents state that person saw Erica when she was only 4 years old with "four marks on her rear end, a long one down the back of her leg and a couple on the side of her face."
A woman involved in the child abuse investigation said she stands by what was in that report.
"She was always grounded, always punished," the source said.
The person who reported Erica's adoptive mother Casey Parsons to DSS claimed Casey carried "a belt with her" and whipped "the child hard."
"It's not that she was a bad kid," the source told Channel 9. "I never saw her get in trouble. I never saw her do anything. She was very … you could tell her to do something, and she'd run and do it right away."
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