WJHL.com - Boy cuffed to porch with dead chicken around neck

NC boy cuffed to porch with dead chicken around neck

Posted: Updated:
Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson
MONROE, N.C. -

A social services supervisor in Union County is one of two adults criminally charged after police say they found a boy handcuffed to their porch with a dead chicken hanging from his neck.

Officers responded to the home in the 4100 block of Austin Road on Friday.

A deputy approached the house after checking out an animal complaint next door. As he got closer, the officer saw an 11-year-old boy secured to the porch at his ankle by handcuffs, as well as the chicken draped around his neck. The boy appeared to be shivering, according to the sheriff's office.

Moments later, a man came out from the house and questioned the officer about why he was there. The deputy asked for an explanation and for the man's identification. As the man pulled out a driver's license, another child opened the front door, letting out several large dogs. The animals chased the deputy back to the patrol car.

In the time it took to secure the dogs, police say the man detached the boy from the porch and took off the chicken.

Backup officers then responded and searched the house. Police removed five children, ages 14, 13, 11, 9 and 8, from the home. The officers also began a criminal investigation. They took the man, 57-year-old Dorian Lee Harper, into custody at the scene.

Police also arrested 57-year-old Wanda Sue Larson.  Both face numerous charges including inflicting serious injury, intentional child abuse and cruelty to animals, based on the conditions of some of the family pets. Larson, a supervisor with the Union County Department of Social Services, is also charged with willful failure to discharge her duty as a public official.

Officers booked both suspects into the Union County Jail. Harper is being held under a $500,000 secured bond. Larson's bond is set at $525,000.

Larson and Harper adopted four of the children. The suspects were fostering the fifth, the child cuffed to the porch. Social Services took custody of all five.

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey called the incident shocking.

 "I can assure you that we have only just begun our investigation into what has happened, and we will pursue it to its fullest extent," he said.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:14:57 GMT
    Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
  • DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:40:30 GMT
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
Powered by WorldNow

338 E Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

Telephone: 423.926.2151
Fax: 423.926.9080
Email: news@wjhl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.