Attorney: Woman at Heart of Deadly Knoxville Love Triangle Missing with Children

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Knoxville (WVLT) -- A Knoxville attorney says the mother at the heart of a deadly Knox County love triangle is missing, and so are her kids.

Eric McLean's attorney Bruce Poston tells Volunteer TV News that Erin McLean grabbed her 11 and 8 year old boys from her mother's home last Saturday, while her mother was asleep, and hasn't been seen since.

Poston says Erin McLean didn't pack any clothes, didn't take any money and one of the children may not even have shoes.

Poston says Erin McLean told someone she was headed to California to meet a guy she had met on the internet.

"Eric is just beyond confused," Poston told Volunteer TV News. "He's just in such a state of fear and shock and depression. He's sick, he's sick to his stomach."

Poston says right now Eric McLean's attorney Scott Sharp is working to get together an emergency order that would ask a judge to take custody away from Erin.

Poston says he expects that to be filed on Monday.

He says that Erin's family is also very concerned about her and the children.

"They're so concerned that they've tried, like her sister has tried to get an AMBER ALERT out for the kids, so they're concerned about the children's safety, too," Poston said. "We have an unstable mother traveling God knows where, with two scared young boys."

Erin McLean does have legal custody of the two boys, that's why no AMBER ALERT or police activity has taken place in the case.

She has not been charged with any crimes.

Eric McLean is charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Sean Powell.

He's charged with shooting and killing Sean Powell, 18 in front of his home on March 10th.

Powell was allegedly involved in a romantic relationship with Erin McLean.

According to the investigator, McLean says he bought a 30-30 caliber rifle two weeks before the shooting that he planned to use on himself some time.

But police investigators testified, McLean said everything was a blur after he asked Sean to leave his house on March tenth.

Eric McLean was arrested early the next day.

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  • by Disappointed Location: K'Town on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:15 AM
    You know it's a sad sad world when people have nothing better to do then bash each other...People you ALL need to grow up and act like grown up's. As far as this person Erin goes...She is very unstable and she should hand those children over to her family and she needs to get help. If a teacher even thought of hitting on my child in the manner she did. I'd have her a** in jail so fast she wouldn't know what hit her. either that..Or I'd go to jail for assault. But this is a free country and we can say what we want.. Ger real... Get a life...And have a great day!!!!!
  • by a heat wave Location: grammar central on Sep 24, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    Snowy.............this word "probulary" you keep bringing up........define please! My guess, however, is that you PROBABLY cannot. Before dispensing lessons and sharing your great KNOWLEDGE, one might suggest yousee if there are any out of work teachers who could tutor you in spelling.
  • by also a mother Location: seymour on Sep 24, 2007 at 07:30 AM
    I agree with voice of reason's comments. Snowy I guess before you make comments on a subject you should know all of the facts. As for the comment that the boy she had an affair with was 17, that is the craziest thing I have heard. She was his TEACHER! She crossed a line, one that I suppose any of you would not want your children's teacher crossing with your children. And she tried to do it again in Nashville. Then she tried to commit suicide, this is obviously an unstable person, and I hope they find her children soon!
  • by A mother Location: In Tennessee on Sep 23, 2007 at 10:53 PM
    "Voice of Reason" Don't go around making rude comments about other peoples kids that is completely uncalled for and low class. And a comment I'm sure you wouldn't have the guts to say to a Mother's face.
  • by snowy on Sep 23, 2007 at 10:25 PM
    To Voice of Reason I suggest you NEVER mention my children again! First of all I did not know she was a molester! Secondly, the kid was 17 at the time of his "affair" old enough to know better. But I'm sure he didn't mind his involvement with his teacher he probulary thought it made him look cool in front of his friends. So in my opinion all 3 of them are responsible for what happened. In the future, I suggest you keep your mouth shut about people you don't know kids. Besides Michael Jackson wouldn't be interested in my kids I have all girls.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Solid Ground on Sep 23, 2007 at 12:21 PM
    Uh, Snowy--she had an affair with a student while she was his teacher! She moved to Nashville, used her maiden name to get a teaching job, and tried to do it again! Eric's a murderer, but if you think Erin is a fit mother--please let me introduce your kids' new nanny: Michael Jackson
  • by snowy on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    Why is a murderer even allowed to ask that his children be taken away from their mother? Is this Eric Mclean even in jail, prison, or awaiting trial? Thats probulary why she left for the safety of her children. Who wants a murderer around their children much less to be the father of their children. She probulary took off in fear of their lives. Besides she has full custody of her children and she is a grown woman she can do what she wants.
  • by Calvin Location: Knoxville on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    Crazies? Yeah someone sure is, lets see is it the school that let her go because she lied about who she was, the boy friend (student) when she was married and living with her husband, her husband for being upset enough to kill because she was such a *, the 17 year old that she seemed to be chasing since the last one is now dead and not there for her? Just trying to figure out who the crazies are. Or is it that she IS the crazy one? Hummmmmmm that is how it seems to me. But as they say she hasn't "broken" any laws, man's laws that is. Shame ain't it that someone can be behind so much pain, suffering and death and still not be guilty of a crime!
  • by Chris Location: Home on Sep 22, 2007 at 05:16 AM
    The important thing is to get to the children before they are hurt. They are the primary concern. Then deal with the mess the parents have made of their younglives.
  • by raine04 Location: somewhere in TN on Sep 21, 2007 at 10:28 PM
    No wonder she left! It sounds like she is surrounded by crazies. This "internet guy" in California is probulary just a rumor to get her family anxious. She could be just laying low till everything in her life clams back down.
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