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DSS Worker Fired After Child Found Cuffed To Porch With Dead Chicken Around Neck

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONROE, N.C. (AP) - Union County social services officials have fired the woman accused after an 11-year-old boy was found by a sheriff's deputy handcuffed to his front porch with a dead chicken tied to his neck.

The Charlotte Observer reports the county fired Wanda Sue Larson on Friday, accusing her of what it called "unacceptable personal conduct and grossly inefficient job performance."

Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested last Friday after the deputy found the boy. The couple had adopted four kids and were foster parents to the boy.

Investigators in Union County interviewed the boy as well as the four other children removed from the home. Sheriff Eddie Cathey wouldn't reveal what the children said.

The children are now in the custody of the Davidson County Division of Social Services.



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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The neighbor of a Union County couple accused of handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck says the children in the home "looked pitiful."

Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested Friday after a deputy found the boy. The couple adopted four kids and were foster parents to the 11-year-old. They appeared in court Monday. Harper's bond was set at $500,000; Larson's at $520,000. They've requested court-appointed attorneys and are scheduled to return to court Jan. 7.

Joyce Bigham says the couple live across the street, but the house is set back and isn't visible. Bigham says she sees the children only when they run in the street to retrieve their dogs. She describes them as dressed like orphans.

Bigham says had she known of problems, she would have reported them.


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MONROE (AP) - Authorities say it appears the 11-year-old boy found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck was routinely handcuffed in the home.

Union County Sheriff's Capt. Cody Luke also told The Charlotte Observer on Sunday that human waste was found on the home's floor.

Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested Friday after a deputy found the boy. Larson is a supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. The couple adopted four children and was fostering a fifth child.

The couple is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals. They are scheduled to be in court Monday. It wasn't clear whether they have lawyers yet.

The children have been removed from the home.


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A woman who works for the Union County Department of Social Services is under arrest after a foster child was found cuffed by the ankle to her front porch with a dead chicken hanging from around his neck.

Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested Friday after a sheriff's deputy found the shivering 11-year-old boy. Larson is a supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. The couple, both 57, adopted four children and were serving as foster parents to the fifth child.

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey called the incident shocking. Harper and Larson are charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals. They are in jail awaiting a court appearance set for Monday.

The children, ages 8 to 14, have been removed from the home.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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