A social services worker and a hospital nurse are behind bars after a North Carolina deputy spotted their 11-year-old foster child shivering and handcuffed to the front porch — with a dead chicken around his neck, authorities said Saturday.
The boy and four adopted children in the home south of Monroe were taken away Friday and are in the custody of an outside agency, according to Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey.
Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, face charges of intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment, and cruelty to animals, officials said.
Larson also faces charges of willful failure to discharge her duty as a public official. She’s a supervisor with the Union County Department of Social Services. The department “strives to help families support themselves and to provide care and protection for children, the disabled, and the elderly,” says its website.
“We’re very familiar with [Wanda Sue Larson],” Cathey told CNN. “My agents have worked with her often. She handles a lot of the social services cases out here throughout all of Union County. We’re shocked.”