This is happening in my neck of the woods, and the "adoptive parents" were on Dr. Phil yesterday. A recap of the story is that Erica Parsons, now 15, was adopted by a couple, and has been missing for two years. Her adoptive brother reported her missing a couple of weeks ago. The couple has been cashing the benefits check the entire time. Their story is "She went with her biological g'ma and if it's not true, we didn't know it wasn't true". Excepting that all of her bio-g'mas have been dead for longer than two years. Yesterday they searched a shed on adoptive g'pa's property and got a bunch of stuff, including teeth, a hammer, and a vacuum cleaner hose. What bothers me the most about this story is how long it took anyone to care about this little girl, and I don't mean the two years she's been missing. If it turns out that there was foul play and the other child was so messed up that he didn't mention it for two years, it wasn't a sudden accident. There's been foul play going on in this family all along, period. Why did their neighbors let it go? I tell you, I'm new to this world down here where there are two churches on every block and everyone is supposed to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps because I got mine and it's too bad if you didn't get yours, or people are 'that way because they want free stuff and are lazy'. I'm sick of it. Any one of her neighbors or family who has the gall to go to a vigil or rally is sick, and I'd rather spit on them than look at them. How dare they pretend that they care now all the while they are demanding that working families on foodstamps have to pee in a cup because they're lazy, and cutting education, healthcare, and job training to fund the new law banning income taxes on Corporations. FWIW, adoptive dad didn't pass some sort of polygraph on Dr. Phil. He and his wife are due in court today.