Advocacy group calls for outside DSS investigation

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Submitted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:29am
Updated: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:30am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A child advocacy group is calling for an outside agency to investigate how a North Carolina social services agency handles cases.

The push comes nearly two weeks after an 11-year-old boy was found by a Union County sheriff’s deputy handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken tied to his neck.

Jeff Gerber of the Justice for All Coalition said Monday the case is disturbing.

The boy’s foster mother, Wanda Larson, was a child-protection investigations supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. She was fired last week.

The state Division of Social Services has agreed to the county’s request to review how employees handle adoptions, foster care and child protection.

But Gerber says that’s not enough. He’d like the attorney general’s office or a police agency to investigate.

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  • guestX says:

    If you ever had to deal with this agency,then you know how unfit 99% of the people that work there are.Most don’t care about whats right as much as they do about not wanting to be bother.They always take the easiest path for themselves,and then hurry back to their chatting with coworkers.Its a waste of time to file complaints,they go no further than the person above the ones you file againist.This is one agency that could really use a makeover.

  • BetchesBeLike says:

    Her job was to protect children from people like her. This is gross negligence in the most horrific way. That poor child had nowhere to go for help. Union County was employing someone to violate the very same standards she was supposed to uphold. I agree with Mr. Gerber.

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