NC senator wants state to take over Union DSS after supervisor charged with abuse


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Submitted: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:44pm
Updated: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:50pm By:

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina senator wants state officials to take over operations of the Union County Department of Social Services after a child abuse case.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Waxhaw Sen. Tommy Tucker has asked state health officials to take over day-to-day operations in Union County.

Officials are investigating an 11-year-old boy who was handcuffed to the porch of his guardian’s home in the Monroe area, with a dead chicken around his neck.

The boy’s apparent guardian, Wanda Larson, was a child protective services supervisor with the Union County DSS office. Larson and her boyfriend have been charged with child abuse.

State DSS Director Wayne Black says his agency can take over a local office only if it is not cooperating. Black says that is not the case.

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  • turtle1 says:

    You will find out when you investigate DSS in other counties in Nc that this happens everywhere! I was told that 3rd degree burns only and bruises that do not disappear in 3 days is what is considered abuse. BUT being hit in the head with a book bag full of books, knocked out or being dragged up a flight of stairs, etc. is not abuse.
    This DSS system is poorly managed and needs to be taken over by a higher authority that knows how to do its job ~
    Children are being slipped through the cracks and trust me… its not good. I know of a case where a 3 year old was sent to foster care through DSS and that child was rapped within the system…
    No faith in DSS.
    Please investigate all of them!

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