Boy found handcuffed with dead chicken around neck—Parents jailed

Posted Nov 18, 2013 by Lesley Lanir
Two foster parents, a nurse and a DSS Supervisor, were arrested and criminally charged in connection with an incident, in North Carolina, of a child found shivering and handcuffed to a front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.
The Enquirer-Journal reports that Union County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Wanda Sue Larson, 57, the supervisor for the Union County Department of Social Services, and Dorian Lee Harper, 57, an emergency room nurse, on November 15 after a deputy sheriff, responding to an animal services complaint regarding a loose pig, found an eleven-year-old boy handcuffed to a front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.
After problems with dogs, the officer called for assistance. The back-up unit entered the house and after the officers had assessed the living conditions and items seen there, five children, ages 14, 13, 11, 9 and 8 were taken from the house.
Both foster parents, Larson, and Harper, were charged with intentional child abuse-inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and received an additional charge of cruelty to animals based on the condition of some of the pets found at their residence.
Larson and Harper had adopted four of the children and were serving as foster parents of the 11-year-old boy discovered handcuffed on the porch by the deputy.
The children have been placed in the custody of a Social Services agency outside of Union County.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey referred to the incident as shocking and stated:
"I can assure you that we have only just begun our investigation into what has happened and we will pursue it to its fullest extent."