11-year-old North Carolina boy found handcuffed to porch with dead chicken around his neck

  • Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 9:56 a.m., Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013 11:12 a.m.
Dorian Lee Harper is seen in an undated phto provided by the Union County, N.C. Sheriff's Office. Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, a North Carolina social worker, were arrested Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 after a foster child was found cuffed by the ankle to Larson's front porch in Monroe, N.C., with a dead chicken hanging from around his neck. Larson and Harper are charged with numerous offenses after a sheriff's deputy found the shivering 11-year-old boy. Larson is a supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. The couple, both 57, adopted four children and were serving as foster parents to the fifth child. The children, ages 8 to 14, have been removed from the home. (AP Photo/Union County, N.C. Sheriff's Office)

MONROE, N.C. — The Union County sheriff’s office says 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.

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 the foster parents to the 11-year-old child.

The 57-year-old couple is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals. They are to be in court Monday. It was not clear if they have lawyers yet.

The children, ranging in age from 8 to 14, have been removed from the home and have been placed with a social services agency outside Union County since Larson worked with the local department of social services.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey said he’s trying to determine how long the abuse had been occurring at the home.

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