This is so disturbing.
According to WBTV:
Deputies in Union County say a Department of Social Services employee was arrested after a young boy was found handcuffed to the front porch of a home with a dead chicken tied around his neck.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was responding an animal services complaint at a home along Austin Road when he saw an 11-year-old child handcuffed to the front porch of a neighboring home.
The boy, who deputies say was handcuffed at the ankle, also had a dead chicken hanging around his neck. The report states the young boy appeared to be shivering, as well.
A few moments later, a man, later identified as 57-year-old Dorian Lee Harper, came to the porch and asked the deputy why he was there. The Deputy then asked the man for his identification, as well as an explanation of why the child was handcuffed to the porch.
Deputies said that based on the general living conditions at the home, they initiated a criminal investigation. Harper was taken into custody at the scene.
Wanda Sue Larson, 57, who is a Union County DSS worker and lived at the home, was also arrested.
Both Larson and Harper were charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment, and cruelty to animals due to the condition of some of the family pets.
They were arrested and are being held in the Union County Jail. Harper is being held under a $500,000 secured bond, while Larson’s bond is set at $525,000.
Both are expected to be in court on Monday
Officials told WBTV that while Larson was not home when the children were found, she is accused of being complicit in the ongoing mistreatment of the children. She and Harper had adopted four of the children, and were serving as foster parents of the 11-year-old, who was found on the porch.
Tommy Bigham a neighbor said Larson and Harper facing felony child abuse and animal cruelty charges isn’t enough.”What they need to do is get him back over there, hook him to the post, put a chicken around his neck and see how it feels out in the cold,” said Bigham. “That’s sorry.”
Union County Sheriff