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MONROE, NC (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina 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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  • don wrong

    Now these Animals will wear the Chains. I pray these children will find the real love they so deserve.

  • Disgusted

    Somebody…. please prosecute this couple to the fullest!!!

    Who gave these animals children to raise? Do the officials in Monroe not come back and check on foster children, after they are placed in someone’s care? Sounds like others need to be investigated also… We are supposed to protect children!!! How can they ever trust adults again? Already abandoned by their blood relatives… then… Chains!!! Really!!!

  • Elizabeth

    The child with the chicken around his neck handcuffed to the porch. Sad that this really happened. There’s no excuse for adults to treat a child this way. May God have mercy on them.


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